The government has stepped in to protect the UK’s cultural infrastructure, but has neglected the people who make the art – via The Guardian

We must address the absence of black and minority ethnic artists from our public museums and galleries, writes Gilane Tawadros – via The Guardian

Black Lives Matter has underlined the crucial role played by black photographers. Eight British leaders (including Birmingham-based Vanley Burke) in their field to pick a favourite image from their archives – and explain why it’s so important to them – via The Guardian

By embracing the heaviness in Birmingham’s heritage, and adding a strong dose of eccentricity, Supersonic is world-class. Review by Ben Beaumont-Thomas – via The Guardian

Hew Locke’s solo exhibition Here’s the Thing, on show at Ikon Gallery, is reviewed by Hannah Clugston – via The Guardian

Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon’s photography is featured in The Guardian ahead of their upcoming exhibition Mac Birmingham from 23 March – 2 June – via The Guardian

His cartoon creations unravelling identity and empire have made him a rising star. Now he’s going global. Tom Emery speaks to the artist, who is originally from Birmingham, about his practice and rising profile – via The Guardian

‘Traditional departmental structures are preventing research and education from evolving. It’s time for something new.’ Report by Zahir Irani for The Guardian.

Rufus Norris reports for The Guardian on prioritising the creative industries within education.

A series of short documentary films from The Guardian focusing on Stoke-on-Trent including, among others, artist Anna Francis, Community Maker and the Portland Inn Project.

Coventry has been named the UK’s city of culture for 2021, giving it a one-off opportunity to boost the economy, tourism, civic pride and access to the arts – but also, its backers hope, a chance to be in the limelight and have some fun. Mark Brown reports for The Guardian.

Josh Halliday reports for the Guardian on the benefits of making and a creative education in the context of the British Ceramics Biennial and Stoke-on-Trent’s Capital of Culture bid.