28 May 2015

MONA: desperately seeking sincerity

This zany Tasmanian art gallery lays the limits of contemporary irony bare.

24 February 2015

Give us good art, not ‘socially inclusive’ art

The new policy of cultural democracy is bad for culture and bad for democracy.

6 March 2014

Museums: give us artefacts, not yarns

Using museum exhibitions to ‘tell a story’ patronises the public.

17 December 2013

Technology in museums – less is more!

The drive to 'engage' patrons with gadgets strips museums of their innate wonder.

21 August 2013

The importance of teaching the arts

We shouldn't value arts education on the basis that it has social or economic benefits, but because it expands the mind and soul.

11 June 2013

Turning art into advertising

The Art Everywhere plan to plaster art on UK billboards is more about public relations than public art.

21 May 2013

What is the point of teaching the arts?

ESSAY: Too many in the UK cultural sector seek to defend arts education in terms that have nothing to do with art.

Books 1 March 2013

Museums are not playgrounds for pet political projects

The movement to make museums the focus for work around social justice and human rights can only undermine their main purpose: the curation and display of objects.