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