Rant 96: Prizes and competitions: should artists pay to apply for the ’privilege’ of being considered?
Helen Dryden has something to say about competitions that just want your money!
Rant 95: Art Closes its Eyes - Manifesta in Russia
Hundreds of people have signed an online petition set up by Noel Kelly, President of AICA Ireland, calling on Manifesta to pull out of St Petersburg and show solidarity with Russia's LGBT community.
Rant 94: Health & Safety in the arts
Tired of spending more time on risk assessments than on your work? Maru Rojas is and asks what's wrong with letting artists use their common sense?
Rant 93: It’s 2013 why am I still having to bang on about equality and diversity in the arts?
How seriously do we take our responsibilities regarding equality and diversity? Aidan Moesby suspects that a lot of lip service is being paid and not enough support is being given to artists trying to get out there.
Rant 92: Uncaring Curators
The idea of the curator is evolving. Curators can commission, select, organise, write, edit and create, which is a good and exciting thing. But do they still care?
Rant 91: The Horse’s Mouth
Artists seem to have a lot to say about their work and galleries are fond of sharing these insights with the public. Lawrence Bradby worries that we are getting too much information suggesting they stop telling us what their work is supposed to be about and just let people enjoy it on their own terms.
Rant 90: To PhD or not to PhD?
These days a PhD is the new MA if you want to pursue an academic career, but will it make you a better artist? Artist Jenny Steele weighs up the pros and cons.
Rant 89: Throwing The Baby Out
Now that Newport Council have rubber stamped the decision to close the temporary exhibitions programme at Newport Gallery, we've asked Emma Geliot to fill us in on the details, and let off some steam at the same time.
Rant 88: Interpretation Matters!
Not everyone appreciates being told what to think by interpretation boards in galleries, but if written in the right way, this information can really help a visitor find a way into an artwork. But is the information some galleries give us helpful, or is it just showing off?
Rant 87: The Relentless March of the Academy
Things are not looking too good for arts education at the moment. Former VAGA Director Hilary Gresty sees the absence of the arts from the new Ebacc as just one aspect of a troubled education system.