Scribble 2: Free speech and freedom of opinion

Hello and welcome to Tuesday. Today marks 6 weeks since a court in Saudi Arabia commuted the death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to 800 lashes and 8 years in prison. Fayadh stands accused of apostasy (the renunciation of religion). A translation of some of his work can be read here. Fayadh’s plight is … Continue reading Scribble 2: Free speech and freedom of opinion

Deborah Dignam: Digital is a Destination

Deborah Dignam has many years’ experience working in arts organisations around the world. As a creative producer, curator and artistic director, she has helped artists, writers and choreographers to produce work that is both challenging and eye-opening. A member of our curatorial panel, she is one of the people responsible for commissioning and supporting artists … Continue reading Deborah Dignam: Digital is a Destination

Funding the Visual Ecology: Modern Art Oxford

Director of Modern Art Oxford Paul Hobson speaks up in the paying artists debate, pledging total commitment to artists’ remuneration Should we pay artists to exhibit in publicly funded galleries? The Paying Artists organisation believes the answer is yes, and has been campaigning to promote artists’ rights to remuneration. Although the campaign’s demands present a … Continue reading Funding the Visual Ecology: Modern Art Oxford

Payment in a Diverse Landscape: Beyond the Gallery

Three Manchester School of Art researchers, Amanda Ravetz, Jack Roberts and Lucy Wright, explain complexities in the relationships between artists’ reputation and remuneration Complex questions surround artists’ engagement and relationship with galleries. What does gallery representation mean for practising artists? Should those exhibiting in galleries be paid? If so, how much and by whom? Why … Continue reading Payment in a Diverse Landscape: Beyond the Gallery

Paying Artists: Who is entitled to make our culture?

Julie McCalden speaks up in our ‘paying artists’ debate, exposing underlying issues of class and diversity in arts careers today Talking about paying artists is like opening a can of worms. There are the legal issues around workers’ rights and fair pay practices where artists seem to operate in a grey area. There are the … Continue reading Paying Artists: Who is entitled to make our culture?

Should artists be paid for exhibiting their work?

Our Digital Director Sarah Gillett discusses artists’ payment in light of our evolving economic and cultural climates Over the past 20 years the museum world has undergone a revolution. No longer considered as intimidating echo chambers for dusty academics or a lofty elite, nowadays museums are alive with vibrant education programmes, chirruping tour guides, swathes … Continue reading Should artists be paid for exhibiting their work?

The arts, the law and freedom of speech

Should we let artists speak freely? Julia Farrington weighs up the realities of censorship vs. art unrestrained Police involvement in the cancellation this week of a National Youth Theatre production highlights again the difficult legal challenges for arts organisations putting on contentious work. Can a new set of guidelines help? Reports this week that the … Continue reading The arts, the law and freedom of speech