These pieces seek to initiate and / or contribute to debates about the UK’s public policies in support of the visual arts. The Party Political Manifesto of each successful party elected during the three decades covered is criticised and reviewed, with suggestions and arguments being advanced for improvements to legislation, funding or policy.
There is a consistency of approach in these pieces, repeatedly arguing for such reforms as: the introduction of artists’ statutory moral rights (achieved in 1988); the introduction of legislation giving artists a right to a share of the profits of the resale of their works – artists resale rights (achieved in 2006); artists’ public exhibition payments (voluntarily introduced by some publicly-funded galleries); the introduction of ‘% for art’ legislation – to promote the integration and commissioning of art and architecture in public places; and the need for common EU cultural policies.
Artists’ moral rights laws have been in force in the UK since 1989. Have they been operating well for the past twenty-odd years, or is there room for improvement? This question is triggered by two rec… Continue Reading Moral Rights: A Suitable Case for Treatment?
During these straitened economic times increasing numbers of public museums and galleries around the world have been driven to consider deaccessioning works in their collections; and many have done so… Continue Reading Deaccessioning Public Collections
No lies he wouldn’t compromise No junk no bits of string And all the lies we subsidise That just don’t mean a thing I’ve got to say he passed away in obscurity And now all the vultures are coming down… Continue Reading Dire Straits – outside the gallery