Rant 58: The Art Lottery
How much is an opportunity to exhibit your work worth? Do you play the artworld lottery, sending off application fees in the hope you will hit the big time? Does the depth of your pockets directly relate to the success of your art? Artist Maya Ramsay delves into the murky world of application fees.
The Rant: Pitch for it!
Ever needed to get something about the art world off your chest? This is your chance! We find Rant writers through an open invitation to our members.
Rant 57: Art Writing or Writing About Art?
What is the future of art criticism? Is there a tokenism around art writing that has resulted in the re-hashing of press releases? Has the immediacy of blogging helped or hindered 'critical writing'? Writer David Berridge looks at some of the ups and downs of writing in the art world.
Rant 56: How Cameron Put My Potential To Work
Is there a seething mass of unrealised creative potential in the UK that has already formed the bedrock for the Big Society? Helen Kaplinsky has a moment of self-reflection whilst she juggles her work as both a curator and cloak-room attendant, and wonders, who is gaining from her potential?
Rant 55: The Art Example
Does art exist just for theory? Does art get hi-jacked by socio-political discourses? Leipzig-based artist Rosemary Hogarth reflects on a conference held recently in Berlin bringing together philosophy and art and asks, where was the art?
Rant 54: 'Softy Art' a low priority in new Schools review
It has been well documented that the UK Arts industry will be hit hard by the imminent Coalition Government cuts. But what about the effect it will have on bursaries for those who want to pursue PGCEs in Arts and Humanities subjects? We look into the forthcoming cuts to teacher training grants for aspiring arts teachers.
Rant 53: Should art speak louder than words?
Interpretation panels, they seem to polarise audiences in a similar way to Marmite! Tate Britain has recently removed a large majority of their labelling, potentially setting a trend towards reduced interpretation in galleries. In light of this Chris Sharratt discusses the success and failures of those less than innocent pieces of text.
Rant 52: Sexual Harassment: A Hidden Problem in the Arts?
Sexual harassment in the workplace is traumatic no matter what industry you work in, but Becky Hunter is concerned that in the art world, the blurring of boundaries between work and social life and the informal nature of artist-led organisations means it is hard for those that are suffering to seek help.
Rant 51: The Revolting Student
As students take to the capital's art galleries in protest against tuition fees and arts funding cuts, artist Jim Colquhoun questions the motives and the desired outcomes of this revolt. Are the protestors simply asking to be part of the elite?
Rant 50: Collaboration vs Independence
For our 50th Rant Edinburgh-based writer and curator Jenny Richards investigates organisational collaboration. In times of austerity what will organisations have to gain or surrender from sharing resources and physical space?