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Arts Council England have created a dangerous confusion: art cannot be separated from politics

Arts Council England have created a dangerous confusion: art cannot be separated from politics

[ad_1] As the news made the rounds online, it snowballed into a PR disaster for the Arts Council. Authors, filmmakers and poets such as Feargal Sharkey, Matt Haig, Robert MacFarlane, Asif Kapadia and Nikita Gill all voiced their fury on social media. Equity, the performing arts and entertainment trade union, said it was “deeply concerned” that the effects of the Arts Council’s new guidance would be “to censor” work and “attempt to silence artists on stage and in their personal lives”. What is art devoid of message? It is obvious to the point of redundancy to point out that art is, and always has been, inherently political. An attempt to catalogue the history of political art, from Picasso’s Guernica to the Surrealist movement, would be a futile endeavour. Some of the most incisive exhibitions currently hanging in London, from Entangled Pasts at the Royal Academy to Women in Revolt at Tate, are overtly and radically political. Divorcing the two is impossible. [ad_2] Source link