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In the name of anti-elitism, Arts Council England has declared war on opera and excellence

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Source: The Guardian

For an organisation so full of surprises – one day on funding, another on restricting free speech – Arts Council England remains remarkably consistent on one point: like many people, it just can’t be doing with opera. Or not, anyway, with most of what’s on offer, what with its unlikely heroics and seducers and obsession with “good” singing.

Read More:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/mar/17/arts-council-england-declared-war-on-opera-and-excellence-anti-elitism

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Artists refuse to open Israel pavilion at Venice Biennale until ceasefire is reached

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Source: The Guardian

The artists and curators of the Israeli national pavilion at the Venice Biennale have announced their decision not to open until “a ceasefire and hostage release agreement is reached” in the conflict in Gaza, on the opening preview day of the largest and most prominent global gathering in the art world.

A sign on the front of the Israel pavilion in the Giardini, or public gardens, in Venice, one of the main venues for the Biennale, conveyed the team’s decision – while the pavilion itself is guarded by three armed Italian military personnel.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/apr/16/artists-refuse-open-israel-pavilion-venice-biennale-ceasefire-gaza

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Arts Council England rows back on ‘reputational risk’ guidelines

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Source: The Art Newspaper

Arts Council England (ACE) has updated its Relationship Framework policies after a backlash from arts professionals over guidelines published in January. The guidelines stated that “overtly political or activist” statements might create “reputational risk” and possibly threaten funding arrangements.

In revised guidance published by ACE on 28 February, the arm’s length public funding body said that “freedom of artistic expression is a foundational principle in this country, and one that we are committed to champion and defend”.

Read More: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2024/03/04/arts-council-england-rows-back-on-reputational-risk-guidelines

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This primary school teacher was inspired by a murder to become an artist

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Source: The Economic Times

Ten years ago, Margo McDaid made a life-altering decision to leave her position as a primary school teacher after the tragic murder of one of her pupils. This event prompted her to reevaluate her life, leading her to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an artist.

Relocating from inner-city London to the Kent coast, McDaid committed to creating at least one painting every day.

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https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/uk/this-primary-school-teacher-was-inspired-by-a-murder-to-become-an-artist/articleshow/106673522.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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