A collection of essays that attempts to break the stifling consensus about arts policy today, and to challenge the increasing instrumentalism of policy-makers. It brings together some of the leading experts on the UK arts and cultural sector, and reveals many of the problems that have emerged as a result of recent policies. As Government places increasing demands on the arts, it is worth taking a step back and asking if they can deliver. It also makes sense to ask whether the freedom of the artist is compromised by these extra demands and the bureacracy of ‘box-ticking’.
The social impacts of the arts – myth or reality?
Who owns public art?
A business solution for creativity, not a creativity solution for business
The arts as painkiller
Consumed by the political
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