"Over a hundred leading artists including David Hockney, Anthony Caro, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin have joined the campaign to fight against the proposed 25% cuts in [Westminster] government funding of the arts.
The campaign is being launched today Friday 10 September 2010 with the release of a new video animation by artist David Shrigley highlighting the effect of the funding cuts. Each week the work of a different artist, created in response to the campaign, will be released. Jeremy Deller and Mark Wallinger will follow David Shrigley."
The UK coalition government agreed to postpone Holyrood's portion of £6bn cuts to public spending until after the 2011 Scottish election. Below is Arts Council England's gambit to "minimise" and "manage" 25-30% cuts. Scotland-based arts organisations have eight months forewarning... In Scotland, we could do with reconciling campaigns against public sector cuts overall, including an attempt to hold Creative Scotland to account, not least as Creative Scotland is readying a cut in provision as evidenced by Andrew Dixon's thinly veiled threat to foundation grant institutions: "It is sensible to carry out a review of the foundation grants given to all 52 major arts companies and bodies which come under the Creative Scotland umbrella and the increased partnership".
Arts Council England newsletter
Making the case
It's clear to everyone that we are living in challenging times and that the arts are no exception - we all have a difficult journey ahead. The Arts Council has received a letter from Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture Media and Sport, asking us to model reductions of 25-30% over four years to our funding programme. We are arguing to minimise these cuts, and we will argue that any cut needs to be managed intelligently, and in a way that protects the achievements of the past 15 years.
Many of you have talked to us about your enthusiasm for speaking with one voice, using the same key messages and themes to make sure we are heard. To help you with this we have prepared a toolkit http://listmail.artsfb.org.uk/t/529048/165801/19128/0/>, to enable you to make the case as strongly as possible.
The Arts Council is developing Achieving great art for everyone, our long-term policy which will set out clearly what we want to achieve over the next 10 years. It's important that in this time of short-term cuts we keep our eye on the bigger picture, so whatever cuts we have to make, art can still thrive over the next 10 years.
Peter Knott, Director
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Have your say
The House of Commons Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has announced an inquiry into The Funding of Arts and Heritage. The committee intend to investigate a number of areas including:
The impact of recent, and future, spending cuts from central and local government
How arts organisations can work more closely together to reduce duplication of effort and make economies of scale
What level of public subsidy for the arts and heritage is necessary and sustainable
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport will appear in front of the Select Committee on 14 September. It is also anticipated that Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England will be asked to give evidence, along with other representatives from the arts sector. It is thought that the Select Committee's final report will be published in November.
The Select Committee are interested in responses from those within the sector, which must be received by Thursday 2 September.
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