Art


Art the Arms Fair: making art not war

13 September 2017 Amy Corcoran on organising artistic resistance to the weapons dealers’ London showcase

Interview: Queer British Art

27 July 2017 James O'Nions talks to author Alex Pilcher about the Tate’s Queer British Art exhibition and her book A Queer Little History of Art

Eddie Chambers: Black artists and the DIY aesthetic

20 July 2017 Eddie Chambers, artist and art historian, speaks to Ashish Ghadiali about the cultural strategies that he, as founder of the Black Art Group, helped to define in the 1980s

In pictures: designing for change

2 February 2017 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

21 December 2016 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

29 November 2016 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

16 November 2016 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

2 November 2016 Michael Mark Cohen revives political art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, that remains equally relevant today

Art, politics and potentias

7 September 2016 A potentia is similar to a utopia but rooted in the here and now. Danielle Child speaks to artist Jane Lawson about her forthcoming project Second Degree Potentias.

How the next generation is challenging big oil

20 September 2015 Lindsay Alderton explains why a group of children staged a protest intervention against BP

Artwash

1 June 2015 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

4 April 2015 Nim Ralph reports on how workers at the National Gallery are fighting back against privatisation

Intermittent support: how cuts are hitting artists in France

1 October 2014 French arts workers are battling cuts to a unique benefits scheme. Freddie Mason reports

Objects of change

24 July 2014 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

3 July 2014 Ewa Jasiewicz discusses the work of Joanna Rajkowska, whose public art highlights tensions in the public consciousness

Meanwhile in Bristol: temporary arts spaces

13 January 2014 A scheme that allocated council-owned buildings for creative use has suffered under the cuts, reports Karen Dickenson

Tate’s left turn

3 January 2014 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

26 August 2013 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

22 January 2013 Ian Hunter looks at an exhibition and project remembering persecuted artist Kurt Schwitters

Call this art?

10 December 2012 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?

25 October 2012 From oil tanks to magic forests, Andy Field considers some of the unlikely homes offered to live art

Manifesta 9: Genk

9 October 2012 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

15 December 2011 Red Pepper speaks to Martin Rowson about his 30-plus years as a scourge of the political establishment

Fox among the paintings

29 November 2011 Daisy Jones takes aim at BBC4’s quixotic attempt to wrap modernist art in a union jack

The ladder of escape

16 June 2011 Michael Calderbank considers utopian dreaming and political engagement in the Joan Miró exhibition at Tate Modern

AgiTate

27 February 2011 The performances of art activists Liberate Tate are celebrated in a new postcard collection.

Banners high

29 November 2010 Peter Lazenby reviews an exhibition of the work of Britain’s most important trade union banner maker

The art of protest

27 September 2010 Gavin Grindon looks at convergences of the political and the aesthetic

The construction of (un)reality

27 September 2010 James O'Nions reviews a compelling piece of invented history at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This artist blows

23 March 2009 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

8 February 2009 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

29 January 2009 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

14 October 2008 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

15 August 2008 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