We need to talk about race

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06 Oct 2021

A reluctance to share opinions openly is a significant block to achieving racial equity. But as Kevin Osborne argues, without understanding prevailing attitudes to racial inequity we are unlikely to reach effective solutions.

Curatorial scheme to tackle social mobility in visual arts

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries participants
04 Oct 2021

The pilot programme will “challenge accepted barriers” in one of the sector’s least inclusive professions.

Is DCMS any longer fit for purpose?

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28 Sep 2021

While the appointment of Nadine Dorries to lead DCMS has been greeted with widespread dismay by the cultural sector, Robert Hewison reflects on a deeper malaise at the heart of Government.

A curatorial career driving culture-led regeneration

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28 Sep 2021

Ten years after Turner Contemporary opened its doors to the public, its Director Victoria Pomery OBE is stepping down. Here she reflects on her career.

Nadine Dorries reads from the same script

16 Sep 2021

The new Culture Secretary's pro-Brexit stance and history of controversy have the left-leaning arts sector worried.

Tie funding to compliance with employment law, MPs say

14 Sep 2021

The sector and its funders must adopt measurable diversity targets or risk losing "an entire generation of talent".

Open letter ‘stands in solidarity’ with Frankcom

06 Sep 2021

An open letter to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) board says it "stands in solidarity" with its ex-Director Sarah Frankcom following her resignation in August.

More than 100 signatories shared their disappointment. They said their trust in the board has been damaged and that Franckom has not "been supported as she should have been".

The letter alleges a lack of accountability in the ongoing investigation into Frankcom's leadership.

It says interviews with internal staff have begun "without an adequate, transparent record of minutes" and alleges Chairman Shaun Woodward has called up staff off record.

At the time of publication, the letter had been co-signed by 24 of LAMDA’s permanent staff, 43 of its freelance practitioners, associate artists and visiting directors and 33 industry professionals. 

LAMDA, which is conducting an inquiry into claims against Franckom, declined to comment.

What do we mean by a systemic conversation?

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20 Jul 2021

Building on Culture Reset, Richard Watts shares a range of new initiatives aimed at supporting the cultural sector to change and develop to meet the urgent demands for inclusion, improved governance and more dispersed models of leadership.

A golden thread running through a creative career

20 Jul 2021

Whether in policy development, advocacy or nurturing talent, Executive Director of Clore Leadership Hilary Carty’s career is born of a passion for arts and culture.

On the tightropes

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13 Jul 2021

How can we build a fairer cultural sector that works for artists, organisations, and communities? Mark Robinson explores some tactics for the tightrope act of shared culture.

City of London launches review into racism at Barbican Centre

09 Jul 2021

The centre's funder has stepped in after former and current staff called it "institutionally racist" and lobbied for managers to resign.

Use your Voice

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06 Jul 2021

A charity in the West Midlands is championing young people’s voices and youth leadership through a range of different activities. Tom Inniss nurtures the talents of aspiring arts and culture journalists.

An experimental museum to tackle the climate crisis

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11 May 2021

Organisations talk a big game about preventing climate change but what are they doing? Bridget McKenzie shares her experience of testing the way culture takes action.

Why we must put wellbeing first

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04 May 2021

Sebastian Cater says cultural sector managers who make mental health a priority aren’t virtue signalling, they’re leading by example.

Survival depends on safer spaces

13 Apr 2021

Amanda Huxtable reflects on how racial trauma has shaped leadership within the cultural sector, taking on the responsibility for change that institutions have long avoided.

Transforming Narratives: bringing together leadership talent

13 Apr 2021

A new cross-continent cultural leadership programme provides a unique opportunity for artists and creative professionals to collaborate. Sophina Jagot tells the story.

12 months of Covid - where next?

Birmingham Hippodrome
18 Mar 2021

Live events in the arts and cultural sector have been among the very hardest hit by the pandemic, so one year on, how do arts leaders feel about this rollercoaster ride? Robert Sanderson asked some of those in the frontline to look back - and look ahead.

My Gurus: Clare Callan

Clare Callan
02 Mar 2021

The most inspiring people are those who prioritise care, curiosity and collaboration.

Theatre’s power lies in its people

Liam Evans Ford
24 Feb 2021

For Liam Ford Evans, a career in theatre has highlighted what matters most: energy, experience and everyone else.

What’s global is also individual

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17 Feb 2021

Nigel Prince reflects on the power and responsibility arts organisations have to champion social change in a time of upheaval worldwide.

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