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?

Charters of Liberty in the 21st Century: a Peter Linebaugh talk

Watch famous historian Peter Linebaugh’s talk at Lincoln Castle on privatisation from 1215 to today You could not be more than five miles from any gallows in Lincolnshire at the time of the Magna Carta or the Charter of the Forest. Back in June, on the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, renowned historian … Continue reading Charters of Liberty in the 21st Century: a Peter Linebaugh talk

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

Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

Watch a film about a tapestry of the Magna Carta Wikipedia page, stitched by 200 people  Twenty-six 2 prisoners, a Baroness and musician Jarvis Cocker all had a hand in making Magna Carta (An Embroidery), a project dreamt up by the British artist Cornelia Parker. The piece is one of the artworks specially commissioned to celebrate Magna Carta’s 800th … Continue reading Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

When is Change Gonna Come? Cerys Matthews on music for good

Cerys Matthews explains the song-writing project Occupation: Five songs that shook the world, and what inspired her contribution to it I watched with dismay as two stories unfolded in the news in Missouri and Ohio, the shootings by police officers of two young American boys, aged just 12 and 18 years old. The two youngsters … Continue reading When is Change Gonna Come? Cerys Matthews on music for good