When Michael Portillo announced the recipients of the Catalyst: Endowments scheme on Wednesday, the headlines were all about the millions of pounds flowing into the arts. But while it’s hard to begrudge any of the 34 organisations their hard won cash, the ideological context shouldn’t be forgotten.
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Manchester-based gallery to hold an extraordinary Fundraising Auction on Wed 30 May – Put your money where your eyes are!
This Research paper forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists. Drawing on data published on www.a-n.co.uk/jobs_and_opps, this series set out in 2007 to track on an ongoing basis the key categories of awards/fellowships, academic posts, art vacancies, commissions, exhibitions, residencies and competitions/prizes, and by doing so, to identify any trends arising, and provide commentary and contextual evidence and analysis from other related sources, to contribute to arts and cultural consultations and policy.
An initiative by leading artists’ organisations aims to improve artists’ access to funding for their practice.
Reyahn King explores the role of galleries within professional development for visual artists. In the current climate, how can professional development for visual artists be continued and improved? This paper suggests that one answer lies in the relationship between publicly-funded regional galleries and visual artists becoming wider, deeper, and more strongly valued.
I have just read on AIR that another arts initiative, Lanternhouse, is closing.
Research by the Stage illustrates how Arts Council cuts are decimating arts organisations.
Sam Firth is currently working on a year-long video project on a remote Scottish peninsula near her home on Knoydart, an isolated community of just over 100 people. She talks to Andrew Bryant about personal narrative, securing funding and recent media criticism attracted by her current project.
Despite massive drive by the government, investment by businesses in the arts drops to lowest level for seven years.
Republishes extracts from my substantial report entitled Measuring the experience: the scope and value of artist-led organisations, the 1993-96 research study that explored and articulated value of the artist-led as a vital research-based ingredient in the visual arts ecology.
Ulverston-based Lanternhouse has announced it will close on 31 March 2012 in order for the charity to consider future possibilities and options. The organisation failed to secure future funding in April last year during Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) awards announcements.
a-n-commissioned research that presents information on the destination of visual arts funding across the four UK arts councils and the percentage rate of successful applications in years 2009-10 and 2008-09.
As an important part of platforming the debate around arts funding across the UK, with kind permission we re-publish the editorial introduction to “Language is never neutral” from Variant‘s issue 42.
“These are dangerous times for people and for our world of arts values … Uncertainty can cause us to be safe, edit complexity, be secretive, conservative” says Susan Jones in her provocation ‘Where is the place for art?’
OpenAIR, the first annual members’forum of AIR: Artists Interaction and Representation, offers a unique platform for artists’ dialogue and debate, empowered and enabled through speakers drawn from very different disciplines and fields of work, all committed to campaigning for effective change.
‘Ladders for development’ argues that the visual arts sector should pull together and support small visual arts organisations cut by Arts Council England because they “punch above their weight” and provide vital development of future artists. Six months on, Dany Louise interviews these arts organisations again, to find out how they’ve fared and what their futures hold.
The continued squeeze on arts funding is throwing up some interesting solutions to supporting artists, whilst raising some serious debates about the future of the profession.
In October, Eden District Council announced a cut of 70% to Eden Arts by 2014.
Arts Council England and NESTA announced first grants in a major digital initiative, and Katriona Beales went to Apha-ville to glimpse the digital future.
The key finding of this study reveals that shockingly few individual artists apply for funding in their own right, and even fewer are successful. What this means is that there is little direct funding being given to artists to pursue and develop their own projects, under their own control – under 20% of available funding for the visual arts in England, 14% for Northern Ireland and around 18% for Scotland and Wales in 2009-2010.
In this 2011 report Phyllida Shaw unwraps the ‘what’s what’ and ‘who’s who’ of Turning Point, a 10-year Arts Council England strategy for the visual arts.
Is there enough funding going to individual artists and are the application processes user-friendly? These were questions a-n set out to answer in the fourth issue of what was then Artists Newsletter in 1980. Now, thirty one years later, we asked Dany Louise to do this research again, examining the current state of play for grants to individual artists as offered by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland – including comparators of volumes of artists applying and success rates – and to ascertain whether a “fair share” has been getting into the hands of artists to develop their practice.
In her report on Turning Point, Phyllida Shaw unwraps the ‘what’s what and who’s who’ of this major strategy for England, to support discussions on greater participation by, and development for, artists within it.
New ways are needed to measure the types of value being delivered by small visual arts organisations, according to a new report looking at the role and value of the small-scale visual arts sector within the wider arts ecology.