Man working on his sculpture
18 Nov 2020 Feature

Susan Jones says freelance artists carry a unique economic burden that has left them vulnerable to the vicissitudes of Covid-19. An answer lies in a funding model that doesn’t take their livelihoods for granted.

The Government and Arts Council England were praised during the Covid-19 emergency for fast, ad-hoc implementation of job retention schemes and strategies to financially support arts and cultural institutions. But as responses to the DCMS Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 reveal, a vital tranche of the arts workforce was allowed to fall through the net, despite the prevailing equality and diversity rhetoric of funded arts.

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Man working on his sculpture 18 Nov 2020 Feature

Susan Jones says freelance artists carry a unique economic burden that has left them vulnerable to the vicissitudes of Covid-19. An answer lies in a funding model that doesn’t take their livelihoods for granted.

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Two people reading a script 18 Nov 2020 Feature

Rishi Sunak said hard hit workforces like the arts may have to retrain to adapt to the new economy. Sara Whybrew counters that the new economy means we must adapt our approach to training.

17 Nov 2020 Feature

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.

I See You, Urban Projections at Frequency Festival 2019. Photo credit Electric Egg 17 Nov 2020 Feature

What the new importance of digital in arts and culture has shown most clearly is that now is the time to reinvent – not reinstate – the sector’s role in society, writes Samantha Lindley.

A storyteller, sat outside on a dusty floor, sharing to a group of listers surrounding them 17 Nov 2020 Feature

Lucie Andersen-Wood explains how this year’s festivals have combined oral tradition with broadcasting – and given performers a new home.

People observing the Go On Being So exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery 12 Nov 2020 Feature

The groups least likely to visit a gallery can curate shows the public wants – and that directors would never dream to create, writes James Green.

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Statue of a large seagull with a man sitting crossed legged on a bench reading in the background 11 Nov 2020 Feature

A culture strategy based on behavioural change isn’t sexy, but it is necessary if Plymouth wants to do more than simply survive, Hannah Harris writes.

10 Nov 2020 Feature

Adrian Vinken shares how the two biggest developments of 2020 – Black Lives Matter and Covid-19 – have affected commemorations of a brutal story of colonisation.

Clayhill Arts building. A converted barn in a rural landscape with hay bales in the foreground 10 Nov 2020 Feature

Deborah and Michael Parkes say lockdown presents challenges to budding rural artists. It also gives them an abundance of two things they once lacked – connectivity and time.

People laying on the floor working collaboratively 10 Nov 2020 Feature

Covid-19 has intensified the barriers women face to becoming leaders in the arts, writes Sacha Lee. The most marginalised will be the most important vehicle for change.

Stained Glass window depicting Sleeping Beauty's Fairy godmothers 06 Nov 2020 Opinion

"We have now had a glimpse of what direct government funding of the arts would look like – and it’s not a pretty picture" says Liz Hill.

Silhouettes of a crowd cast by club lights 05 Nov 2020 Feature

A live cultural event is about much more than just the performance, so when Covid-19 closed venues, innovators in the club scene set out to recreate the whole experience. Jack McNeill explains how.

Someone working with clay. Photographed over their left shoulder 05 Nov 2020 Feature

The tendency to overstate impacts through uncritical narratives of success risks undermining the credibility of arguments about why state subsidies for art and culture are necessary, say Leila Jancovich and David Stevenson.

Picture of acrylic paints on a desk 05 Nov 2020 Feature

Would we still see the same benefits to wellbeing if we took art and culture out of ‘culture on referral’ programmes and sat people in a room together? Dr Robyn Dowlen uncovers gaps in the evidence base. 

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Graphic of people on their phones in the theatre 05 Nov 2020 Feature

While theatres are in lockdown it’s difficult to look ahead. But Andrew Howard sees technological change as driving a new and better customer experience in the future, and that change is almost upon us.