The arts sector has a duty to challenge social injustice and promote equality and diversity, but Wales is getting left behind, warns Abdul Shayek.
How much longer will the UK government support the arts? Andrew Pinnock fears all signs point to it adopting a much more commercial approach in the future.
Has panto become culturally inappropriate, racist even? Oh yes it has, calls out Daniel York.
Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.
Over 100,000 children a year will lose the chance to study the arts when the EBacc becomes compulsory in schools, and the least privileged will lose out most. Is this a conspiracy or a cock-up, asks Liz Hill.
Once a curator, now a producer, Mary Paterson calls for the artist-producer relationship to be re-imagined as something more creative – and less about social media.
Researcher Stephen Pritchard raises concerns that the latest evaluation of ACE’s Creative People and Places programme was based on fatally flawed methodology.
National museums and the Arts Council are protected from scrutiny by barriers to accessing Parliament’s investigative arm. It’s time for change, argues Christy Romer.
If the national funder really cared about equality, it wouldn’t endorse a £2m application from a nine-day-old organisation, argues Christy Romer.
Roger Tomlinson has more questions than answers about the quality metrics system that Arts Council England’s larger NPOs will soon be required to use.
As technology becomes an increasingly distracting force, it’s down to live entertainment to tempt people to set aside their devices and be present with each other, says Dave Wakeman.
As drama is downgraded in our schools, Fiona Banks explains why it is essential for young people to see theatre live on stage.
Art can ask difficult questions and help people engage with complex topics. With conflict and political divisions spreading across the globe, it’s vital arts producers find new ways to bring people together, says Daniel Gorman.
Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidised arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.
Liz Hill tells NPOs, ‘just say no’ to a fundamentally flawed scheme that will reveal more about the nature of the audience than the quality of an arts organisation’s artistic work.
No wonder there is so much talk about the death of opera when people are excluded from it all the time, says Bill Bankes-Jones. But are attitudes finally starting to change?
UK cities must be granted freedoms to attract inward investment and build the country’s reputation as a creative powerhouse, or risk being left behind, argues Councillor Phil Bale.
As the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall becomes more divisive, Jodi Myers says it’s time for some careful thought.
Angry at the continuing discrimination against disabled people as well as the inadequate access in many venues, Andrew Miller reflects on the challenges disabled people need to overcome to make it in the arts.
Tired of seeing classical music magazines filled with middle-aged white faces, James Fleury proposes four ‘mental makeovers’ that could help increase diversity in the sector.