Crafting their next steps

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11 Apr 2019

Katy Sadler explains how a festival in one of Birmingham’s busiest thoroughfares enables craft and design graduates to test their ideas in a supportive environment.

An art programme for everyone

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28 Mar 2019

Emma Edmondson introduces an alternative postgraduate art programme, designed to fit around the lives and bank balances of today’s artists.

Organising a life's work

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14 Mar 2019

A new app offers an innovative and cost-effective way for artists to shape their legacies within their lifetimes, says Ellie Porter.

Taking art out of the box

Photo of The Japan Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia
31 Jan 2019

Biennials have emerged as a key influence in contemporary exhibition-making. Shwetal Patel and Sunil Manghani explain how a more informal approach to art opens up new experiences and audiences.

Only a third of artists’ income comes from their art, research finds

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18 Jan 2019

A newly-released Arts Council England report finds that portfolio careers are the norm among artists, and that the sector is dominated by women, who earn less from their art practice than men.

An artist's life

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17 Jan 2019

What is it like to be an artist working in the East Midlands? Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham and Paula Serafini spent two years looking beneath the surface.

Job Ladder – Carl Gamble

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03 Jan 2019

He is now Managing Director of the Society for All Artists, but Carl Gamble’s career began by rising up the ranks at retail giant Next. Here he looks back on the steps in his career and how they have shaped his leadership style.

Also this week...

A woman surrounded by blocks of ice
14 Dec 2018

As Tate Modern's latest art installation starts to melt away, AP's Jonathan Knott reflects on how art can play a role in tackling environmental challenges.

Why I shunned the art world

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06 Dec 2018

Reclusive artist John Middleton has just held his first exhibition for 40 years. He explains why he rejected the world of commercial art to 'become a caveman'.

Rushing up to Rochdale

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06 Dec 2018

Mark Doyle says that a clear sense of purpose has encouraged leading artists to participate in an ambitious programme of contemporary exhibitions in Rochdale.

The craft of captioning artworks

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30 Aug 2018

If artists want an authentic response to their work, they need to give viewers a way in, argues Eleanor MacFarlane.

A future for artist workspaces

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29 Aug 2018

With artist workspaces under threat from funding cuts, increases in business rates and property development schemes, a new initiative aims to extend their lifespan. Karen Watson explains.

Net increase in London artists’ spaces, research finds

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17 Aug 2018

Despite new artist workspaces opening in some areas, a quarter of sites are at risk of closure and studios are becoming more expensive.

Creating a cultural landscape

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14 Jun 2018

Partnering with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has created opportunities for Activate to bring exciting contemporary art to stunning outdoor settings. Kate Wood explains how.

Visual arts organisation ‘throws in the towel’ after 40 years

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22 May 2018

Exeter’s Spacex has marked its demise by publishing a satirical conversation around the imbalance of power between those in- and outside ACE’s regularly funded network.

Online art sales slowing, finds survey

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27 Apr 2018

The art market is “struggling to convert hesitant buyers into repeat customers”, but Instagram is offering a key marketing channel, a new report suggests.

Helen Legg becomes new Director of Tate Liverpool

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23 Mar 2018

Tate Director Maria Balshaw said she was confident Legg would lead the organisation “into a new era”.

A reliable and robust business model

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15 Mar 2018

When Marc Steene set up a new art charity, he knew that the key to success would be adopting a business model based on a mix of revenue streams, including an endowment fund and earned income. 

Flexible support for filmmakers

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12 Feb 2018

Artists deserve support to conduct research and development as much as any other valued professional. Lauren Healey explains how a scheme for emerging filmmakers is having a lasting impact.

Late openings key to improving gallery audience diversity

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09 Feb 2018

Museums and galleries are urged to regularly extend opening hours and put on after-hours events, which are estimated to be worth an annual £9.6m in ticket sales.

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