Chilean arpilleras: museums discover an art of protest

Countries all around the world suffer from losing loved ones during times of political turmoil. Many never find out what happened; they become known as the disappeared. From 19750 to 1990, women in Chile banded together to search for their lost loved ones, console each other, and protest the military regime of Augusto Pinochet. An […]

Saudi Arabia’s artistic whitewash part of a well-trodden tradition among autocrats

The latest iteration of the site-specific art installation festival Desert X is currently underway in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia – but not without controversy. Normally associated with the barren wastelands of the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs in California, the festival relocated to the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this […]

Tate posts a £40k ‘Head of Coffee’ job and faces backlash over low curator pay

Despite the backlash, Tate has defended its latest job posting for a head of coffee role with a salary of nearly £40,000, slightly more than the average salary of a London-based curator. Criticism of the role highlights how low museum wages are. According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary for a curator based in London […]

The precious battle of independent theatre funding

This past week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a major victory for independent theatre funding- and the cultural value of the city- was announced. The Bus Stop Theatre Co-Op has been promised $250 000 by the Halifax Regional Municipality towards the company’s plans of purchasing and renovating the building that houses the theatre. While the campaign […]

The museum podcast: sparking meaningful connections

The digital age of the blog is long dead, buried beneath over the 500 million that exist as 2019 comes to a close. Many museums continue to toil away, crafting thoughtful blog posts that few read. Only recently have cultural institutions turned away from the saturated outlet, recognizing that we are now well into the […]

In dandelions and fireflies, artists try to make sense of climate change

Kate Flint, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Climate change is real, it’s accelerating and it’s terrifying. We are adding carbon to the atmosphere at a rate 100 times faster than any previous natural increases, such as those that occurred at the end of the last ice age. The […]

Alternative art businesses choosing London despite Brexit uncertainty

As the Brexit clock ticks with no clarity on what comes ahead, businesses in the UK have been forced to take precautions. And if business uncertainty wasn’t enough to discourage a new class of art businesses, the slow death of the high street in London continues, with ever-increasing rent prices, and store closures.  This has […]