Last week’s announcement that Scottish arts company NVA will close because of a lack of funding is immensely sad, but its work on restoring St Peter’s Seminary cannot be extinguished easily, writes Joyce McMillan.
Richard Florida pioneered ideas of the ‘creative class’ and encouraged cities to support creative areas. Now he warns culture-fuelled gentrification is threatening the very diversity that creativity needs to thrive.
Ireland has produced its first cultural strategy, promising to invest €1.2bn in the sector over the next ten years. But is this just a strategic move designed to make politicians look good, asks Robert O'Byrne.
The demise of Scottish arts organisations as a result of funding cuts, including NVA and Fire Exit, means it’s finally time to put Creative Scotland out of its misery and start again, writes Neil Cooper.
The majority of the population is working class, and they are willing to spend money on seeing sport, comedy, gigs and commercial theatre – so what are the subsidised arts getting so wrong, asks Javaad Alipoor.
As evidence of the impact of cultural investment on urban regeneration grows, cities are triggering a cultural policy revolution and leading the way for social transformation. Anna Lisa Boni and Philippe Kern discuss the implications.