Arts & Culture


Rewriting history: museums and ‘neutrality’

5 July 2019 Museums are socially vital precisely because of their political nature, says Siobhan McGuirk

We need to decolonise museums

23 May 2019 Decolonising the museum is a pathway to decolonising society. We must start by providing more honest accounts of our past, says Subhadra Das

Austerity starves our culture

16 May 2019 Museums – and museum workers – have been hit hard by austerity policies and cuts. Clara Paillard outlines some of the key battlegrounds and considers what an alternative cultural policy might look like

Chav Solidarity

24 April 2019 Ewa Jasiewicz reviews the new book by D Hunter

Higher! Further! Faster! More!

19 March 2019 Captain Marvel is Marvel's first blockbuster with a female lead. Miriam Kent asks what we should make of it all these female superheroes taking over the big screen.

Rout and rebellion

15 January 2019 Until the bicentenary neared, generating a successful campaign for a memorial, Peterloo had little purchase on popular memory, writes Tom Hazeldine. Mike Leigh’s new film will help change that.

The Lost Cinemas of Palestine

14 November 2018 Ahmad Al-Bazz documents the steady demolition of Palestine's once-iconic cinemas and picturehouses.

Love, power and the politics of survival in Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’

12 October 2018 Ewa Jasiewicz explores the complex interplay of class and gender in Pawlikowski's stunning new film.

‘Do not resign, the mandem need you’: The story of #grime4corbyn

5 June 2018 In April 2017, Theresa May called a snap general election to destroy a crisis-hit Labour Party. The grime scene had other ideas. An extract from 'Inner City Pressure' by Dan Hancox

‘Reforming has done nothing. That’s why I’m an anarchist.’ An interview with Benjamin Zephaniah

10 April 2018 Benjamin Zephaniah speaks to Anu Shukla about poetry, policing, the ongoing fight against racism.

“Utopia is all around us”

7 April 2018 Jonny Gordon-Farleigh of STIR magazine talks to Ruth Potts about the power of utopian thinking in an age of crisis.

Cultural Democracy Now

14 February 2018 A deeper engagement with culture can strengthen our democracy, taking political projects beyond electoral impact and festival memes into a whole new world of radical, lasting change.

It’s time for a cultural renewal of the left

27 January 2018 Andrew Dolan writes that we need to integrate art, music, films and poetry into our movement, creating spaces where political ideas are given further room to breathe.

Where did it all go wrong, Morrissey?

2 December 2017 He was once a radical icon, but now he's a mouthpiece for racism and nationalism. Time to get off stage, writes Michael Calderbank

The first Brexit documentary shows a Britain at war with itself

3 November 2017 Ethan Race reviews Timothy Kelly's hard-hitting documentary 'Brexitannia'

Acid Corbynism’s next steps: building a socialist dance culture

24 September 2017 Matt Phull and Will Stronge share more thoughts about the postcapitalist potential of the Acid Corbynist project

Working class theatre: Save Our Steel takes the stage

18 September 2017 A new play inspired by Port Talbot’s ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign asks questions about the working class leaders of today. Adam Johannes talks to co-director Rhiannon White about the project, the people and the politics behind it

Art the Arms Fair: making art not war

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

Real stories with real people: the films of Sanjay Kak

7 September 2017 Dipesh Pandya speaks to documentary film-maker Sanjay Kak, who for 30 years has been working outside the mainstream to tell a story rooted in the struggles of those excluded by India’s militarism and its narrative of neoliberal growth

What is Acid Corbynism?

2 September 2017 Jeremy Gilbert on how radical Labour politics can be inspired by the utopianism of the counterculture

Imagining a future free of oppression

25 August 2017 Writer, artist and organiser Ama Josephine Budge says holding on to our imagination of tomorrow helps create a different understanding today

A musical fightback against school arts cuts

15 August 2017 Elliot Clay on why his new musical turns the spotlight on the damage austerity has done to arts education, through the story of one school band's battle

Neoliberalism: the break-up tour

14 August 2017 Sarah Woods and Andrew Simms ask why, given the trail of destruction it has left, we are still dancing to the neoliberal tune

Tory Glastonbury? Money can’t buy you cultural relevance

7 August 2017 Adam Peggs on why the left has more fun

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

Baldwin: Prophet of the Intersectional Oasis

7 April 2017 For the past 3 years, Barby Asante and members of London-based artists' collective, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, have been responding directly to the vision of James Baldwin. Ahead of the nationwide release of a new film about the American activist and author, they reflect on the enduring relevance of Baldwin in Britain today.

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

Book Review: The Day the Music Died – a Memoir

5 December 2016 Sheila Rowbotham reviews the memoirs of BBC director and producer, Tony Garnett.

The Fashion Revolution: Turn to the left

30 November 2016 Bryony Moore profiles Stitched Up, a non-profit group reimagining the future of fashion

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.

Mustang film review: Three fingers to Erdogan

22 November 2016 Laura Nicholson reviews Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s unashamedly feminist film critique of Turkey’s creeping conservatism

The Confession – a survivor’s story

16 November 2016 Robert Rae reviews a new film about former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg

Edinburgh film festival reviewed

16 November 2016 Robert Rae reports from the Edinburgh film festival

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.

It’s time to celebrate multiculturalism again

16 August 2016 Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg tells his story in The Confession - a feature length documentary showing in cinemas now. Luke Wilson spoke to director Ashish Ghadiali about the British Asian experience of the War on Terror

The Divide: ‘must-watch’ documentary

28 July 2016 Rosanna Hutchings from campaign group Renters' Rights London explains why they hosted a public screenings of this documentary

‘How can you decant people from estates then make deals with developers to build luxury apartments?’

19 April 2016 Andrew Dolan spoke with Amina Gichinga of Take Back the City about doing politics differently and righting Labour's wrongs in London

Raised voices: the campaigning choirs movement

20 February 2016 Lotte Reimer and Kelvin Mason report on the blossoming movement of radical street choirs

The disappearing exhibition

10 February 2016 Danielle Child reviews An Imagined Museum, which invites visitors to commit artworks to memory before they are removed – and re-created

Classic book: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

1 February 2016 Nadim Mirshak looks back at Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968), by Paulo Freire

All the World’s Futures: looking back at the Venice Biennial

19 January 2016 Amy Charlesworth reviews the 2015 Venice Biennial

Chats: The people’s palace

11 January 2016 As Chats Palace in Hackney celebrates its 40th anniversary, Red Pepper takes a look through the arts centre's photographic archives

Classic book: Reclaim the State

1 December 2015 Heather Blakey looks back at Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy, by Hilary Wainwright

The day Guernica appeared in a Manchester car showroom

25 October 2015 Tim Dunbar introduces his new exhibition exploring the mystery surrounding an exhibition of Guernica in Manchester in 1939

Classic book: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

1 October 2015 Firoze Manji looks back at How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972), by Walter Rodney

A rich man’s world

1 October 2015 Danielle Child visits a fascinating exhibition telling the damning history of finance



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