In defence of AI in art

Graffiti of a robot
12 Jan 2021

Anthony Padgett says artificial intelligence has a role in selecting, curating and even creating art, but the sector must define that role – and join the debate early, before others take control.

Distribute your leadership digitally

Line drawing of a man with a brown colour spectrum behind the head
12 Jan 2021

Long-distance relationships needn’t limit ambition. Sarah Fisher, Ying Kwok and Lindsay Taylor describe a sustainable approach to sharing the physical and digital demands of curation.

The non-linear life of a freelancer

Emma Beverley
06 Jan 2021

Leeds 2023 Executive Producer Emma Beverley’s career has come full circle from working with the people she loves to working for them.

55,000 arts jobs lost since lockdown

11 Dec 2020

"This is clear evidence of the existence and the scale of a jobs crisis," researchers say.

Female artists are probably earning less than minimum wage

23 Nov 2020

Research into gender pay gaps and the representation of Britain's female artists shows some measures of equality are moving backwards, while others are "incredibly slow" to change.

Getting copyright right

17 Nov 2020

Big brands and advertisers are cottoning on to the marketing potential of street art. What does that mean for the artists? Timothy Watkins unpacks the legal issues.

Sector looks to digital for post-pandemic bounce

21 Oct 2020

Cultural organisations and funders are investing in digital to keep artistic activity alive - whether social distancing rules persist or not.

Censorship of funded artwork 'protected our reputation', council says

30 Sep 2020

A local authority under fire for censoring a politically-minded piece says it usually stays out of programming decisions - unless the programme conflicts with the views of its councillors.

Turning Chester into a City of Art

30 Sep 2020

Anastasia Tilston explains how a new community-led company in Chester is making space for artists in the city centre, with pop-up galleries stepping in to revive the declining retail offer.    

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.

Rocky path ahead for museums and galleries

a row of portable toilets in a field, photo taken at twilight
26 Jun 2020

A 9-point checklist will guide the safe reopening of museums and galleries, but visitors may still stay away if the services and facilities they usually enjoy are not available.

Cautious re-start for museums, galleries and cinemas

Tate Modern taken from inside the hall
24 Jun 2020

The Government is encouraging the sector to welcome the public back, but museum directors warn that “permission to reopen does not resolve the huge issues currently facing the sector”.

Treating the rash or investing in a cure: the future of artists’ livelihoods

a painting of a ship in a stormy sea
03 Jun 2020

For artists and performers to be supported in the years ahead, de-institutionalisation and the decentralisation of arts funding is a priority. Universal basic income isn’t the whole answer, says Susan Jones.

Museums and galleries face new challenges as re-opening approaches

man and woman sitting on a bench looking at a painting in a gallery - view from behind the couple
29 May 2020

Museums and galleries are preparing to address the conflicting challenges of attracting audiences back whilst having to postpone the most popular exhibitions until social distancing measures are lifted.

Can artists ever gain control of their work?

three people standing in an all-yellow room with black spots painted on the walls, ceiling and floor
27 May 2020

Even if their art is immaterial and temporary, artists aren’t always able to decommodify it as they see fit. Emily Wigoder considers the evidence.

How can arts organisations support artists during lockdown?

two women flicking through painting canvasses in a studio or shop setting
13 May 2020

As Wimbledon Art Fair opens online, Emily Robson explores the ways in which studios can continue to help artists find a market for their work.

When the going gets tough…

over the shoulder view of female looking at a laptop screen whilst designing a poster
13 May 2020

Fine art students at the University of Lincoln are determined not to let coronavirus ruin their degree show. Emma Brice explains how they’ve been harnessing social media to give profile to their now-online celebration of 3 years’ hard work.

UN proclaims value of artists – but no payment

Russian dolls with Covid masks
03 Apr 2020

Creative practitioners are being told “you have the power to change the world” but responses to its creative brief will be rewarded with profile and exposure, not cash.

Crafting support for Scottish arts

A young woman screen printing at a workshop
16 Jan 2020

Eleven Scottish visual arts organisations have banded together to improve opportunities for artists and show their worth to policymakers and the public. Shân Edwards shares the story of Scotland’s Workshops.

Female artists’ work three times more likely to be undervalued than men’s

17 Dec 2019

New research “confirms many fears that female artists are making less money, regardless of talent”. So what’s the solution?

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