Rant 49: The Art of Social Change
What is 'participatory art' and does it really bring about social change? Has 'participation' become an over-used, under-critiqued word in art practice today? Ben Jones feels we need to put the question of what constitutes participation back on the agenda.
Rant 48: Art and Value and Education
How do we expose young people in schools to art whilst retaining its alternative status? Does defining art as part of academia dull its potential to challenge the traditions of learning? Matthew Giraudeau questions the value of art within education.
Rant 47: Alternative Funding Strategies
Is it time for artists to start finding alternative funding strategies? Could making commercial work to fund non-commercial output release artists from the funding crisis? David Trigg thinks there are ways to fund individual artists that don't involve the Arts Council.
Rant 46: The New Bourgeoisie
Are current trends of non-payment and free labour perpetuating a new ideal where artists are becoming distinctly bourgeois? Guyan Porter questions purportedly leftist and radical practice that promotes art as being apart from common economics and, consequently, from payment.
Rant 45: Love + Hate Knitted Cakes
What is the prevalence of the knitted cake doing for the radical claims of craftivism? Does it undermine the political and feminist critique of the DIY craft revival? Ele Carpenter looks at activist tendencies in craft in relation to contemporary capitalism.
Rant 44: The myth of radical recession culture
The radicalisation of culture is being heralded as the silver lining to funding cuts, but with the playing field far from even are the survivors always the most deserving?
Rant 43: The Creative Industries - just for rich kids?
Are the Creative Industries just for rich kids? Is working in the arts just for white, upper middle-class people? Becky Hunter argues that this is not the case, but that more needs to be done to encourage a truly diverse creative sector.
Rant 42: Leipzig painting: empty gestures?
The New Leipzig School of Painting is the most prominent art movement in the East German city of Leipzig. But British artist Rosemary Hogarth, who lives and works in the city, has a different take on this movement. She isn't so sure about the hyped realist painting that takes a strong moralistic standpoint; rather she sees it as insipid and lacking in substance.
Rant 41: Art at School: Teaching to Create or Debate, Draw or Explore?
Does the UK school art curriculum place too much emphasis on being able to 'draw'? Is technical ability prioritised over experimentation and debate? A level student Jessica Salter has recently completed a week's work experience at Axis, through the Social Mobility Foundation, and tells us why she didn't continue with her art education after Year 9.
Rant 40: And so, it starts...
On Monday 26 July the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced the closure of the UK Film Council. John Riley gives us an overview of the UKFC and what its abolition might mean to artists working in film and video.