In pictures: designing for change
Sana Iqbal, the designer behind the identity of The World Transformed festival and the accompanying cover of Red Pepper, talks about the importance of good design

Survival Shake! – creative ways to resist the system
Social justice campaigner Sakina Sheikh describes a project to embolden young people through the arts

The abolition of Art History A-Level will exacerbate social inequality
This is a massive blow to the rights of ordinary kids to have the same opportunities as their more privileged peers. Danielle Child reports.

The new politics of art
Nina Power calls for an assertion of true human wealth through shared resources, knowledge, and art – while Jessie Hoskin and Sasha Josette explain how The World Transformed festival will respond to this call

Cartooning capitalism – a look back at American radicalism
Michael Mark Cohen revives political art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, that remains equally relevant today

Artwash
BP has been on the receiving end of a sustained campaign to end oil sponsorship of the arts. Mel Evans explains why this is an important issue to target

Art failure: the battle at the National Gallery
Nim Ralph reports on how workers at the National Gallery are fighting back against privatisation

Intermittent support: how cuts are hitting artists in France
French arts workers are battling cuts to a unique benefits scheme. Freddie Mason reports

Objects of change
The new V&A exhibition Disobedient Objects is devoted to objects created by grassroots social movements as tools of social change. Danielle Child spoke to co-curator Gavin Grindon

Alien elements
Ewa Jasiewicz discusses the work of Joanna Rajkowska, whose public art highlights tensions in the public consciousness

Meanwhile in Bristol: temporary arts spaces
A scheme that allocated council-owned buildings for creative use has suffered under the cuts, reports Karen Dickenson

Tate’s left turn
Tate Liverpool has opened its doors to an exhibition devoted to the left. Danielle Child spoke to the gallery’s artistic director Francesco Manacorda

The people’s painter
Tate Britain’s L S Lowry exhibition seeks to rescue his work from the enormous condescension of the art world. Michael Calderbank spoke to co-curator Anne Wagner

Degenerates remembered
Ian Hunter looks at an exhibition and project remembering persecuted artist Kurt Schwitters

Call this art?
The Artist Placement Group brought artistic practice to British workplaces in the 1960s and 1970s. Janna Graham reviews a new exhibition of their work

Live art: In here or out there?
From oil tanks to magic forests, Andy Field considers some of the unlikely homes offered to live art

Manifesta 9: Genk
Jane Shallice reports from Manifesta in Genk, a biennial Europe-wide contemporary art exhibition which this year had a coal mining theme

Off with their heads! An interview with Martin Rowson
Red Pepper speaks to Martin Rowson about his 30-plus years as a scourge of the political establishment

Fox among the paintings
Daisy Jones takes aim at BBC4’s quixotic attempt to wrap modernist art in a union jack

The ladder of escape
Michael Calderbank considers utopian dreaming and political engagement in the Joan Miró exhibition at Tate Modern

AgiTate
The performances of art activists Liberate Tate are celebrated in a new postcard collection.

Banners high
Peter Lazenby reviews an exhibition of the work of Britain’s most important trade union banner maker

The art of protest
Gavin Grindon looks at convergences of the political and the aesthetic

The construction of (un)reality
James O'Nions reviews a compelling piece of invented history at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This artist blows
The young British Muslim artist Sarah Maple has been at the centre of controversy since first bursting onto the art scene at the end of 2007. Interview by Anikka Weerasinghe

Pitmen painters
Six days a week they toiled down the mine, making art in their spare time after attending a Workers Education Association art appreciation class. The Ashington Group of miner-artists is the subject of a witty and wise play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, currently showing at the National Theatre, that has much to tell us about art, culture and the working class, writes Steve Platt

Pitmen painters
Six days a week they toiled down the mine, making art in their spare time after attending a Workers Education Association art appreciation class. The Ashington Group of miner-artists is the subject of a witty and wise play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, currently showing at the National Theatre, that has much to tell us about art, culture and the working class, writes Steve Platt

Drawing back the curtain
Wherever he has found himself - with the freedom fighters in the mountains of northern Iraq, as a prisoner in an Iranian jail, and now filling a whole room at the Imperial War Museum - Osman Ahmed has always gone on drawing. He spoke to Amanda Sebestyen about his passionate journey to make his art bear witness for the hidden people of Kurdistan

Big art and Perspex panels
From graffiti and street art to massive corporate-funded structures such as the Ebbsfleet Landmark (the size of the Statue of Liberty, twice as tall as Antony Gormley's Angel of the North), public art has never been more in vogue. Steve Platt, a reformed 'graffitist', surveys the artistic landscape