The public art of placemaking

Mary Woolf artist with boundary line sign
07 Apr 2021

Public art can connect us to the places, landscapes and buildings where we live. Lindsey Hebden explains what that means in practice for young people in the Lakes and Dales.

Artists and researchers join forces for public art planning

Colourful absract artwork with a bckground of deep blues and grey swirls with bright pink and yellow layer over
24 Mar 2021

Sam Wilkinson and Rosie Murdoch explain how a speed dating approach to partnerships led to artworks and outcomes beyond their expectations.

'Woke minority' fights back against contested heritage policy

25 Feb 2021

As Oliver Dowden establishes a working group on "retain and explain", arts workers afraid of exclusion, censorship and funding cuts are speaking up.

Ethnic representation in children's literature reaches new, low high

18 Nov 2020

Ambitions to increase the number of creators of colour have been raised amid improvements in the incidence and portrayal of Black, Asian and ethnic minority characters.

Arm's-length policy at risk in 'contested heritage' debate

08 Oct 2020

The Government's edicts over controversial statues and other heritage assets are complicating the job of cultural organisations and councils responsible for managing them.

Commission to improve diversity of London's statues and streets

28 Jul 2020

The newly-launched inquiry into diversity in the capital's public realm will be guided by Black cultural groups and Arts Council England.

Beyond sport, monarchy and wars

A photo of a group of people dressed as WW1 soldiers in Birmingham
29 Aug 2019

First World War centenary commemorations proved that large-scale cultural projects can effectively mark nationally significant events. The question now is ‘what next?’, says Jane Ellison.

The feelgood factor: making flagship programmes work

A photo of an Asian women with a suitcase, a Black service man and two white women on their phones sitting on a bench in a station
27 Jun 2019

Artistic excellence and effective governance are key to the success of major public cultural programmes, writes Nigel Hinds.

Shining a light on local culture

Photo of a transgender person getting ready at a vanity table as a audience watches on.
27 Jun 2019

The LightNight festival initially aimed to showcase Liverpool's artists to outsiders - but it is now more concerned with galvanising the local cultural scene, writes Laura Marie Brown.

Southbank Creative Director warns of 'cultural apartheid' risk

Photo of Madani Younis
26 Jun 2019

Madani Younis said "institutions that have historically not given a shit are saying 'we’re going to start caring'", but called for a faster pace of change.

ACE denies statistics are misleading as regulator demands more clarity

People watching a film outside next to a canal
03 May 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has endorsed AP’s challenge to Arts Council England over the reporting of audience numbers in its latest annual review.

A seat at the table

Photo of Imrana speaking at the Power of Community symposium
24 Apr 2019

Challenging the notion of a ‘hard-to-reach community’ in Luton, Imrana Mahmood explores the need to create pathways that lead to meaningful inclusion.

Lessons in leadership from an interim Chief Executive

Photo of Foundation for Art and Creative Technology Liverpool
23 Apr 2019

What is it like to lead a large and complex organisation? Having just spent some time as an interim chief executive, Matthew Brown reveals what he’s learnt. 

‘Town of culture’ competition to engage Greater Manchester

Photo of Bolton
29 Mar 2019

The pledge to set up the programme is part of the region’s first ever cultural strategy, which will run for five years until 2024.

Art is ‘the elixir’ to teach humane lessons, MPs hear

29 Mar 2019

The DCMS committee heard there had been no press coverage challenging the expenditure of £50m on arts activities to commemorate the First World War.

Artists must ‘tell the truth’ about the climate emergency

Extinction Rebellion campaign sticker
21 Mar 2019

Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre Wales are among the organisations calling for a creative response to the looming ecological crisis.

Making community arts work

Portrait – people and places of the First Art area by David Severn and Kajal Nisha Patel
21 Mar 2019

What makes socially engaged and participatory arts projects successful? Elizabeth Lynch and Miriam Nelken talked to artists, commissioners and participants to find out.

Public art by popular demand

Photo of public art project outside London Bridge Station - painted bollards
21 Mar 2019

A recent survey found that four in five Londoners would contribute at least £2 towards public art in their local area. Marine Tanguy and Vishal Kumar explore the potential role of citizens in new commissions.

A breath of fresh air

Photo of three woman skimming stones on a beach
21 Feb 2019

The port town of Felixstowe proved an ideal setting for exploring less cerebral ways of engaging with contemporary art, writes Natalie Pace.

35 million people reached by WW1 centenary arts programme

Photo of They Shall Not Grow Old
07 Dec 2018

14-18 NOW’s five-year programme included projects in 220 locations across the UK, and was mostly accessible to the public for free. 

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