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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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12 July 2017

School students' remarkable tribute to workers' Spanish Civil War bravery

Theatre review - Ocho: The story told of bravery and the cast itself showed a brave approach to the work

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31 May 2017

Student occupation at Chelsea College of Arts

University management rethinks restructure: Eight fine art research staff have been made redundant, and university management has been emailing all staff offering 'voluntary redundancies'

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17 May 2017

Hull workers who fought in the Spanish Civil War

Theatre review: Ocho: Ocho tells the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Jane Thornton is a Bafta-winning playwright who has worked with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together this fascinating tale, not only of the men but of the wives they left behind.

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12 April 2017

Arts unions agree joint campaign work

Artists and culture workers have backed calls for no-cuts council budgets, and cross-union campaigns against poverty pay and under-representation of oppressed groups.

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28 February 2017

What we saw

Guardian 'arts critic' Jonathan Jones, fresh from condemning Russia's 1917 socialist revolution, has rushed to the defence of a gallery which has been hosting 'alt-right' speakers

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8 February 2017

Smearing socialism by attacking the arts

The Russian revolution a hundred years ago is still a terrifying calamity - for billionaire thieves, warmongers and their political defenders. But for the working class, it meant a boom in living standards, freedom and imagination.

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18 January 2017

Socialist artists invite others to exhibit work

The first edition of the 'Bad Art' magazine was produced in July 2016. It signalled the creation of a new project aiming to build from the ground up in working class neighbourhoods, to challenge capitalism's

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18 January 2017

John Berger: remarkable art of a contradictory socialist

John Berger, 1926-2017: Berger, who has died aged 90, was one of the most influential arts and cultural critics of the last half-century. But his 'Marxism' was not fully rounded out or linked to a clear socialist programme for the fundamental change of society

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9 November 2016

Over a thousand march to fight museums and libraries cuts

"Don't make a bonfire of our culture", read the PCS banner that led the 5 November demonstration against cuts and privatisation in museums and libraries. Over a thousand people marched through central London, including culture sector workers and library campaigners and a contingent of French workers organised in the CGT trade union federation.

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2 November 2016

Glasgow School of Arts students "let us learn" revolt

Several hundred students boycotted classes and organised a mass picket right in the middle of an open day at the Glasgow School of Art on 27 October. They were motivated by anger against cuts and demanding more facilities to "let us learn".

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19 October 2016

Moving, funny and inspiring tribute to working class heroism

Theatre - Dare Devil Rides to Jarama: "Adelante!" A moving, funny and inspiring account of the life of Clem 'Dare Devil' Beckett. A great feat considering the cast is just two people, but it portrays with realism dirt track races, mass protests and war.

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9 March 2016

Theatre: 'Tinned Goods' - women during miners' strike

'Tinned Goods' is a new drama set in the summer of 1984 during the lead-up to the largest women's march ever to take place on British soil. It is visiting theatres around Britain from 11 March.

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27 January 2016

Oscars snub black artists: fight racism and austerity in the arts

Non-white actors, producers, and theatre and film makers are under-represented, as are women. Cuts in arts funding, and tuition fees in drama schools and universities, disproportionately affect us.

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27 January 2016

The dark arts of Labour's right

Having been decisively routed in the last year's Labour leadership contest the party's Blairite MPs and Lords, such as Peter Mandelson, continue to wage a guerrilla war against Jeremy Corbyn.

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21 October 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Unison Scotland calls for no-cuts budgets, London DLR cleaners dispute, Arriva Wales train strikes, Alfreton Grange Arts College walkout.

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5 August 2015

National Gallery strike: all-out art action

All-out action by PCS members at the gallery is being brought forward to 11 August.

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15 April 2015

Remembering a lost generation

Artist and Socialist Party member Peter Robson has been commissioned by Bradford Cathedral's arts space (which is funded by the arts council) to provide paintings at an exhibition in May 2016

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3 February 2015

Solid start to National Gallery 5-day strike

Workers at the National Gallery are striking for five days from 3rd February over plans to hand all visitor services to a private company

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Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

7 January 2015

State of the arts

Art is too often put out of ordinary people's reach by extortionate prices and a snobbish social elite. So why is big art such big business? And what does that mean for working class artists?

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