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As a well-respected UK organisation representing the practices and concerns of professional artists, we not only undertake our own research on an on-going basis to inform cultural policy and arts planning, but are often called to give evidence to and advice on specific initiatives and campaigns. This section of the site draws together as downloadable pdf files 'hard facts' drawn from our research, evidence provided to inquiries and consultations, and conference presentations on issues around artists and their value and interface with social and economic environments.
As the Clore Leadership Programme's first dedicated 'Artist Fellow', Joshua Sofaer set about exploring what 'Artist as Leader' might mean. Here we share his AHRC-funded research including Sofaer's overview of what it revealed. Already online, interviews with: Cornelia Parker, Field Theory, First Draft, Richard Layzell and Richard Hicks, Kate Love. interviews with Masato Nakamura, and David Wilson will follow soon. Includes sound files hosted on Youtube and Sofaer's written comments and observations alongside.
Towards its contribution to the ArtWorks programme, Navigator (which includes A+, a partnership strategy pooling the best of CPD from a-n The Artists Information Company and Artquest, along with Engage, Foundation for Community Dance, National Association of Writers in Education, and Sound Sense) has developed this bibliography with the intention of identifying and presenting a range of available resources for artists working in participatory settings.
A fair share - direct funding for individual artists from UK arts councils. Is there enough funding going to individual artists and are the application processes user-friendly? We asked Dany Louise to examine the current state of play for grants to individual artists from the UK arts councils - including comparators of volumes of artists applying and success rates - to see whether a 'fair share' has been getting into the hands of artists to develop their practice.
More information on the history and scope each of the regional Turning Point networks such as objectives, priorities and membership of committees and decision-making groups, and the 2011 stakeholder survey results plus a commentary on the future challenge.
New evidence exposing, quantifying and discussing the likely impact on the visual arts of Arts Council England's decisions on fifteen previously Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) visual arts organisations unsuccessful in their NPO application. It shows that a disproportionate number of artists' membership and development agencies and practice-based organisations lost core funding, despite ACE's aim of creating a balanced national portfolio and makes recommendations for sustaining their work as part of a strengthened arts ecology.
Pippa Koszerek investigates the recent revival of alternative art schools within the context of contemporary artworld preoccupations and cultural movements. She profiles eight alternative art school projects and invites three opinion articles from Students' Union officer Robyn Minogue, art historian Martin Patrick and artist Terry Smith.
Updated for 2008 Research papers, Indexing intelligence is a listing with live weblinks of accessible 'facts and figures', research studies, conference reports, publications and other resources that are pertinent to all those working in the visual arts, compiled and edited by Sheena Etches and Terri Harris.
Sections on Public policy, Artists' contemporary practice, Location & community, Networks and professional development.