RECENT POSTS

Nov
17

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE: THE FUTURE IS STILL SELF-ORGANISED (TINA 3.0)

  In 2005, three artists, Stephan Dillemuth, and Jakob Jakobsen, wrote There Is No Alternative: The Future is Self-Organised (TINA1). They went on to issue a second call in 2012

Nov
06

TIME FOR ARTISTS’ MUTUAL AID?

Having recently launched Artists’ Mutual Aid UK, I am reposting my article from this summer written for Freedom Press. Please feel free to join Artists’ Mutual Aid UK here and

Oct
28

WORKING WITH RAYMOND WILLIAMS TO TRANSFORM THE ARTS AND CULTURAL “SECTOR” (GUEST BLOG)

This new guest post by Nick Mahony, Stephanie Bolt and Russell Todd, argues that the people excluded by “arts and culture” in the UK are the same people who are

Oct
02

THE MYTH OF “TRANSFORMATIVE” ART AND THE REALITY OF ART AS PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE – GUEST BLOG

I am really pleased to be able to share this extremely powerful, thought-provoking guest blog by Rosie Priest. It’s a personal account of how art can be part of everyday

Sep
18

A PERFECT SOCIAL ORDER OF ZOMBIES: PLACE SHAPING AND SOCIAL CAPITAL SIGNALS THE RETURN OF THE CREATIVE CLASS LIVING DEAD

  Why have Arts Council England (ACE) published data and a report about how culture can, apparently, help regenerate high streets now? Particularly given that the report does not even

Aug
14

REWILDING THE ARTS

This is my take on what rewilding the arts means to me. I wrote this for Rewild the Arts . The original can be found here.     The nation

Jul
27

TIME FOR ARTISTS’ MUTUAL AID?

Perhaps, it’s time for artists to learn from the COVID-19 Mutual Aid groups that are self-organising and self-seeding across the UK and the globe? Imagine if artists set up local

Jul
26

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: A CASE OF ‘THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES’ (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   In Stephen’s last guest blog in this series, he demonstrates that a highly cited arts and health paper is a ‘fairy tale’

Jul
25

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: STATISTICALLY SOPHISTICATED BUT SUBSTANTIVELY SUPERFICIAL (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   In Stephen’s penultimate guest blog, for now, he provocatively argues that, sometimes at least, ‘research in arts and health can produce findings

Jul
23

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: QUESTIONS OF VALUE, RELEVANCE AND USEFULNESS (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   This is the third guest blog by Stephen Clift. Here he asks questions about the value, relevance and usefulness of some research

Jul
22

THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN ARTS AND HEALTH: MORE ON THE WHO (2019) REPORT (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   In this second guest blog by Stephen Clift, he questions the WHO scoping review of arts and health (Fancourt and Finn, 2019),

Jul
12

ARTS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING: THE NEED FOR ROBUST APPRAISAL OF RESEARCH IN THE FIELD (GUEST BLOG)

A GUEST BLOG BY DR STEPHEN CLIFT   This guest blog by Dr Stephen Clift calls for a thorough appraisal of research about how art might contribute to health and

TWITTER

13 hours ago
"Another simple but powerful way of thinking about the value of [the arts] is to...acknowledge...they are...valued...as sources of meaning & beauty, of hope & solace, of escape & liberation...[&] as expressions of...humanity, tenacity, love & defiance."

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24 hours ago
"In Europe, artists involved in community projects talk about impact, outcomes & social change. In India, where she co-creates dance productions with prisoners, children in social care, and others on the margins..., Alokananda Roy talks about love."

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2 days ago
Thinking about Craigmillar Festival Society and Craigmillar Community Arts Centre and how their legacy and potential remains unfulfilled. We need more spaces like this in communities across the UK, not pop-ups.

A day in the life of the centre from 1998.

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2 days ago
Great to see a new community art centre opening in the church in Craigmillar. Hopefully @CraigmillarN can keep the spirit of Craigmillar Community Arts and the Craigmillar Festival Society alive!

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2 days ago
Reviewing @arestlessart's book "A Restless Art", @StephenClift argues we should pay attention to Mike Smith's warning that arts & health must take "The Lantern Road", not the "The Empirical Highway...to probable damnation by way of austerity culture".

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4 days ago
Very happy to have joined @HelixArts as Business Development Manager.

Starting today!

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