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What are artists really worth? Funding, friction and the future of art

The so-called golden age of arts funding has given way to debilitating austerity, particularly for artists who find themselves at the end of a long …

Parliamentary arts debate: is this bland point-scoring as good as it gets?

If nothing else, it was important because it actually happened: yesterday saw the first debate in the House of Commons on arts and culture in over …

Head to head: should councils cut arts funding?

Local authorities seem to be split on whether arts budgets should be reduced or added to in a time of austerity. Newcastle city council announced 50% …

Walter Murch: searching for the sound of the God particle

To relax, Walter Murch likes to sit in front of the TV. With a stopwatch. Counting the number of times a politician blinks as they give a speech. …

I argued for the arts – and won. We will keep the philistines from the gates

Arts and culture are the lifeblood of this country. We are the nation of Shakespeare, Milton and Elgar. However, listening to some people you might …

Claims of arts crisis 'almost laughable', says Maria Miller

Suggestions that the arts are in crisis are almost laughable, according to Maria Miller, the culture secretary, who says she is frustrated by the …

Maria Miller's last-chance saloon

Were she not an elected MP and senior politician of whom more is expected, it would almost be time to feel sorry for Maria Miller, the secretary of …