Museum freelancers to sector: ‘Fight for us’

23 Mar 2020

UK museums, libraries, galleries and archives must “visibly and robustly stand up for freelancers who they frequently depend so greatly on”.

Covid-19 closures could cost more than £1m per day 

20 Mar 2020

New research showing a 92% drop in ticket sales and revenue in a single day suggests income will continue to plummet.

How can we best respond to a crisis?

18 Mar 2020

The challenges facing arts organisations have changed dramatically – but that doesn’t mean giving up on our core values, says Richard Watts.

What can cultural boards learn from climate activism?

18 Mar 2020

From job titles to meeting agendas, Debbie Bell explains why no stone is left unturned in her trustees’ approach to tackling the climate emergency.

'Overambitious' about placemaking? We've only just started...

05 Mar 2020

The Great Place Scheme demonstrates how projects flourish when official bodies allow them freedom from pre-determined outcomes, says Jill Cole.

ArtsProfessional meets… Nicholas Serota

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27 Feb 2020

Lottery funding, low pay, and that boat…Amanda Parker meets the Arts Council England Chair and architect of the UK’s engagement with art.

Better arts leadership? In your dreams...

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27 Feb 2020

The Tavistock Institute’s courses have always embraced approaches outside of the mainstream. Heather Stradling tells Jonathan Knott how it’s now upping the creative element to take things to the next level.

Whittingdale is back: the new DCMS Ministers

20 Feb 2020

DCMS has welcomed two new ministerial posts and a former Culture Secretary after widespread speculation it would be dismantled.

The human impact of avoiding controversy

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20 Feb 2020

Reflecting on being wrongfully dismissed by the Royal Academy of Music, Dr Francesca Carpos says the sector must create a culture where controversial issues can be discussed without fear of unfair retribution.

I shouldn’t have been ‘cancelled’ for my vulgar jokes

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20 Feb 2020

Yes, my crude social media posts may have caused offence – but we can't only allow speech we find agreeable, says Manick Govinda.

Institutions must show leadership on freedom of expression

20 Feb 2020

It’s often easier to steer clear of challenging issues – but we will all lose out if we censor material we find difficult, argues Julia Farrington.

Who is Oliver Dowden? Meet the new Culture Secretary

14 Feb 2020

Dowden’s record suggests he will focus more on the digital part of his portfolio than culture.

When the best response is an angry one

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30 Jan 2020

We should pay attention to what makes people angry - it points the way to growth and real change, says Hayley Williams-Hindle.

The benefits of a regular mental workout

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30 Jan 2020

Reflecting inwardly on our values, motivations and mistakes is hard - but make the effort and you'll be rewarded with greater self-belief and genuine agency, writes Auriel Majumdar.

Want justice for arts freelancers? Just ask a pirate

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30 Jan 2020

Looking for role models who are fleet of foot, democratic, and full of creative flair? Look no further than the Golden Age Pirates, says Sarah Shead.

Call for more collaborative cultural leadership

13 Jan 2020

The Creative People and Places scheme is helping develop a new generation of progressive arts leaders, according to research.

‘We are the wind’: discover the real factors behind change

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09 Jan 2020

When leaders make personal change, organisational changes inevitably follow, says Richard Watts.

Arts professionals recognised in New Year honours

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02 Jan 2020

The former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and former Managing Director of Edinburgh International Festival are among those who received awards.

Classical music must face up to abuse

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06 Dec 2019

Harassment will continue until institutions are willing to take difficult decisions, says Jonathan Knott.

How can heritage respond to a changing world?

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05 Dec 2019

Climate change, activism, funding constraints, policy priorities… How can museums and heritage organisations adjust their presentation, programming, collections and business models in response to the challenging world around them? Being adaptable is the only way forward, says Tom Freshwater.

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