A frosty reception

Blocks of ice next to the river Thames
14 Dec 2018

Influencing people’s attitudes and actions is about creating an authentic sense of engagement – which means art can play a role in tackling environmental challenges, says Jonathan Knott.

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

People gathered around a table looking at building plans
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.

A creative approach to science and technology

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08 Jan 2018

Despite not teaching the arts, the University of Bath has always embraced creativity. Jamie Eastman explains how its new arts centre has become a hub of innovation for scientists and engineers, as well as artists. 

Achieving a qualification on the inside

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21 Dec 2017

Young offenders in Wales gained the Arts Award during a Summer Arts College – for some it was their first ever qualification. Angela Rogers tells how their success was realised.

How I solved… challenges of cross-venue arts programming

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20 Dec 2017

Ruth Bretherick explains how she overcame the challenges of programming events when an exhibition split across two arts venues: one in Edinburgh, and one in Dundee.

Scottish artists and galleries commit to addressing inequality

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19 Dec 2017

A new manifesto by the Scottish Contemporary Arts Network, Scottish Artists Union and Engage Scotland has set out the visual arts sector’s key aspirations and commitments.

Attendance down at London galleries despite record tourism

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06 Dec 2017

The threat of terrorism is thought to have contributed to falling visitor numbers at some of London’s leading museums and galleries, although the V&A bucked the trend with record figures.

New £1.5m fund to support emerging visual artists in UK regions

Artwork
01 Dec 2017

Four arts organisation, one in each of the UK’s nations, will win a slice of the Freelands Foundation funding to select and support 80 artists over the next five years.

New ventures in Venice

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31 Oct 2017

Many arts graduates are struggling to find employment, but a British Council scheme is helping some to bridge the gap between education and work by spending a month at the Venice Biennale. Laura Broderick and Emma Dexter explain how it works. 

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