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Five A Week 16: Some Things to Read & Think About

1. Contradicting data In my last blog I shared the Panic! Report, which gave some data-perspective to the debate about diversity and social background in the arts. Debbie Geraghty gives another perspective on that, one which really resonated for me … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 10: Some Things to Read & Think About

I could not find the perfect article to link to relating to the awful events in Manchester last week so am sharing this photo, taken over an unexpectedly al fresco breakfast last Thursday. (Still under a fiver too, gentrification not … Continue Reading

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Not bold, not new, but workable

I was tempted to head this blog ”Minister, you’re no Jennie Lee’, but I decided that would be a bit unfair. Ed Vaizey is obviously passionate about his brief, and is scrupulous in his run through the 50 years between … Continue Reading

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Five things people forget about resilience

Engage have just published an edition of their International Journal of Visual Art and Gallery Education themed around resilience, with a wide range of articles looking at various applications of that word, in an equally wide range of contexts and … Continue Reading

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Englishness: flags, stotties and onions

Last week I was part of a panel at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle taking on the (for me anyway) rather uncomfortable topic of Englishness, and specifically ‘Who are the English?’ This was part of IPPR and British Future’s ‘Festival … Continue Reading

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A reader’s life

I recently agreed to write a ‘Readers Lives’ column for the Journal’s Culture magazine. This is a kind of literary equivalent of Desert Island Discs – 6 books that have been important to you in your life. Sounds like fun, … Continue Reading

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Forgan’s Farewell

It was cheering to hear Dame Liz Forgan’s forthright tones on Front Row on Wednesday, and to read her farewell speech, widely reported as ‘lambasting’ Michael Gove for leaving arts subjects out of the EBacc. When I say farewell speech, … Continue Reading

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Some brain expanding questions

After my keynote at the Kumuwuki/Big Wave Regional Arts Australia conference in Goolwa, I did a series of talks, discussions and workshops on adaptive resilience in Brisbane (with the help of Arts Queensland and State Library Queensland), Melbourne (with the … Continue Reading

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