Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

A photo of statues of angels, one with a gag over its mouth
20 Feb 2020

As ArtsProfessional unveils the explosive findings from its recent Freedom of Expression survey, Liz Hill examines the soul of a sector that believes it is owed artistic freedom but doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech within its own ranks.

Job Ladder – Moya Maxwell

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30 May 2019

Moya Maxwell looks back on a career that has taken her from managing live events to running Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Rejected funding applicants seek the public's support

29 Oct 2020

Crowdfunding campaigns are sustaining those who missed out on a Cultural Recovery Fund grant - and some who were successful.

North East cultural workers call out discrimination

13 Oct 2020

Venues in the region - many of them funded by Arts Council England - are suffering from "dysfunctional attitudes and practices," workers say.

High Court ruling opens door to business interruption claims

01 Oct 2020

Arts organisations forced to close due to Covid-19 may now be covered by their insurance. As always, the devil is in the detail.

Making progress: towards a citizen-led future

Lesley Cherry’s work replaced a contentious paramilitary mural under the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Re-imaging Communities Fund
10 Sep 2020

Cultural democracy is not in the gift of most cultural institutions, but that doesn’t mean there’s no role for them, says Anne Torreggiani.

Let the people decide

Local musicians/performers at the 2019 Whitley Bay Carnival
09 Sep 2020

What happens when you put communities in charge of their own creative projects? Ryan Herman found out how residents, rather than local politicians, are making their communities better places to live.

Rising to the challenge of reopening

Mother and daughter looking at a window display at Hertford Theatre
09 Sep 2020

Adopting a creative approach to tackle opening in a Covid-safe environment could give venues the edge and help them come out the other side. David Dunstan shares some successful strategies.

How change happens

Caterpillar on a leaf
03 Sep 2020

When cultural producers have the time and space to think ahead and bounce ideas off each other, remarkable ideas emerge. Richard Watts shares the new thinking starting to emerge from the Culture Reset programme as delegates prepare for an uncertain future.

Indoor performance pilots 'have proved successful', LSO says

31 Jul 2020

With indoor performances allowed to resume this weekend, how safe and successful have trial events been?

Mayflower in talks to run Nuffield venue 

23 Jul 2020

Nuffield Southampton Theatres was cited as an early victim of the Covid-19 crisis when it went into administration in May. But a new report reveals the venue was in trouble before the lockdown began. 

Time for a reset

22 Jul 2020

The CULTURE RESET programme is up and running. Richard Watts shares the vision – and the inspiration.

Non-profit venues lose out under emergency VAT rules

St Martin's Theatre on London's West End
17 Jul 2020

Cultural venues exempt from VAT will gain nothing from new rules meant to benefit the sector, while commercial operators will be significantly better off. 

Letter: Fund the ecosystem - not the select few

13 Jul 2020

If ACE only distributes the Government's support package to the organisations they have a current relationship with, then 80% of the sector will remain vulnerable and large scale venues as well as small will be at risk says Michael Ockwell.

Evolve or die: time to think the unthinkable

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09 Jul 2020

Covid-19 has only accelerated what was bound to happen in the arts world – the collapse of unsustainable economic models. It’s time to think again about where income comes from - and what we spend it on - says Alice Black.

How to tell audiences you’re open for business again

Hand drawn image of two people standing either side of a bear to illustrate the social distance required between two people
23 Jun 2020

Communicating re-opening will be much, much harder than closure, says Kate Fielding-Cox, who proposes four key principles that every venue should bear in mind when preparing to welcome the public back.

Musings of a Covid-weary venue manager

Poole's Lighthouse venue floodlit at night
23 Jun 2020

“Two pigeons in the foyer, a baby seagull falling off the roof and the lager kegs exploding in the heat”: Elspeth McBain tells why she was tempted to just get a straw and forget about her venue’s problems for a while…

Trapped in the status quo?

Statue in a park
21 Jun 2020

“Radical, representative reinvention” is the only moral choice for the sector now, says Richard Watts, who examines what’s locking us in – and what might help the sector break free from its unfair, unequal and excluding norms.

Time to choose

a baseball cap lodged in a life buoy on a boat. The caption on the hat is "harmonize humanity"
04 Jun 2020

Trusts and foundations are preparing to build stronger connections with a changed world and a changed public. Moira Sinclair reflects on this brief window of opportunity for a more equal future – and why the alternative is too grim.

Time to reconsider the love affair between art and social science

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27 May 2020

As the benefits of arts participation aren’t always tangible or easily quantified, how can our obsession with data be compatible with achieving inclusion, asks Emma Harvey.

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