11 Oct 2010

Save Our Arts

I saw a brief film by The Guardian on the new Oikos recycled theatre. Inspiring stuff but arts are seriously threatened by the cuts to public funding. This is a subject I've covered a fair few times including in August here - well a local theatre company forwarded this film to me. I think it is worth a look - please also sign the petition.

For more information about Save the Arts, please visit http://www.savethearts.org.uk.

Over a hundred leading artists including David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Anthony Caro, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley and Tracey Emin have joined the campaign to make the case against the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts.

Picture: Mark Wallinger, 'Reckless'

Supporters of the artists' campaign will be asked to sign a petition which will be sent to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. It points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all.

The artists acknowledge that reasonable cuts and efficiencies are necessary but they fear that the 25% cuts being proposed will destroy much of what has been achieved and will have a particularly damaging impact on national and regional museums and their collections.

Please sign the petition here:

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