Given recent reports of anxiety and financial trouble for the owner of the Port Talbot garage on which Banksy installed his most recent work, Janice Aitken asks: is his art made in the interests of local communities, and who should pay to protect it?
Howard Fishman explains why, in an age in which a gun can be made with a 3D printer and a reality TV Star can become US President, we need art that feels “like getting slapped in the face, but in a good way”.
Upon winning a Golden Globe, straight actor Darren Criss promised to act in no more gay roles, in order to open up opportunities for LGBT colleagues. Ryan Gilbey asks, is it a problem to act outside of your sexuality?
Ahead of the screening of a documentary profiling Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, DW speaks to the star about working with a film-maker, the magic of live performance, and why she still fields questions that no male conductor would be asked.
It can be difficult to give children a first-hand experience of live performance, but Northern Ballet is hoping to enthuse younger audiences with a series of 40-minute films at cinemas across the UK, writes Rob Walker.
How are playwrights to continue writing complex and surprising plays if they’re forced to advertise ‘difficult’ moments before they happen via a trigger warning? We must stop treating audiences like children, argues Constance Congdon.
Those calling for a ‘Town of Culture’ award to sit alongside the UK’s existing scheme for cities are right to recognise the transformative power of the arts. But the debate needs to be part of a wider conversation about how to make sure cultural intervention has the broadest possible impact, says Phil Redmond.
The success of rapper Stormzy demonstrates how musicians are increasingly building their own brands without the support of major labels, allowing them to strike better deals with the industry when necessary, says The Economist.
Having your artistic work reviewed is a distressing process. Should creatives ignore their reviews, read them and do nothing, or challenge their critics? Playwright Vinay Patel offers some personal reflections.
The maker of blockbuster video game Fortnite is being sued for allegedly stealing the choreography of actor Alfonso Ribeiro – known for his TV character’s ‘Carlton dance’ – and Russell Horning, the teen famous for his ‘flossing’ dance move. Dance critic Sarah L. Kaufman looks at what these cases mean for artists’ rights.