Author: Manick Govinda

Manick Govinda is an independent arts consultant, artists mentor and writer. He runs arts campaigns for the Manifesto Club and co-founded Brexit Creatives. Follow him on Twitter: @manick62
October 18, 2019 / / Art
September 17, 2019 / / Art

The online mob of commentariats have again got their high-handed politically correct digits in a twist over the ongoing storm concerning white actors performing roles that they deem should be played by non-whites. In August, Scarlett Johansson got into hot water when she proclaimed that an actor should be allowed…

May 17, 2019 / / Art

Martin Parr is a delightful photographer. His bright, sweet shop sense of colour oozes fun, humour, eccentricity and a sense of optimism in being Only Human, the name of this solo exhibition of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. The show is grouped into themes, from capturing members of hobby…

February 14, 2019 / / Education

A recent news item in The Times reported on the growing movement against studying ‘dead white men’ [DWM] and their contribution to knowledge and learning. The story was sparked by an independent report commissioned by Office for Students. Throughout the report there is frequent reference to the “lack of diversity…

November 25, 2018 / / Culture

We are living in a world where truth seems larger and more bizarre than fiction. The university – the institution where diverse, dissenting, critical and difficult knowledge, ideas, thoughts and perspectives should be freely and passionately debated – now seems like a utopian ideal. Safe spaces, trigger warnings on art,…

March 28, 2018 / / Culture

It has long been a curatorial fantasy of mine to organise a re-staging of a boxing match that took place in 1972 between the German artist Joseph Beuys, regarded as a giant of modern art, with a local art student of his.

February 27, 2018 / / Culture