‘The arts are now full of ideological landmines’
Rosie Kay on how the art world turned against free thinking.
Art used to be about pushing boundaries. Artists broke taboos, spoke out about controversial issues and were at the forefront of movements for liberty and progress. Today, things could hardly be more different. Artists are all expected to hold the same beliefs, whether that be on Brexit, identity politics or climate change. Arts organisations enforce this groupthink by controlling access to funding and to jobs. Spare a few brave voices, the creative industries today appear more like propaganda mills.