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A postscript was added on 6 May 2013.
Maria Miller yesterday gave her maiden speech as Culture Secretary. The main thrust was this: that the arts must play their part in our economic recovery by proving their profitability.
At first glance the speech seems encouraging, but look closer and it's impossible not…Continue
Posted on April 25, 2013 at 12:30
Westminster Council today confirmed they are to cut all of of their £350 000 arts budget.
This is a cruel, joyless decision. The Council wants to make cuts of £30m from an overall budget of £900m - that's about 3.3%. Even though Westminster's arts budget is tiny (only 0.04% of their total spending), most of those working in the arts wouldn't balk at a 3.3% cut; it’s their fair share, after all. But 100% represents unusual punishment.
Posted on March 7, 2013 at 16:30
As artists with strong connections to Newcastle and the North East we are extremely alarmed that in the context of the £418m capital development programme to stimulate the retail and leisure sector Newcastle City Council have…
Posted on December 17, 2012 at 11:30
Lee Hall has written a piece for the Guardian about the Newcastle cuts. The Arts pages reportedly found it too technical, so he asked me to post it here.
Like most people connected with the Arts, I was stunned by Newcastle Council's announcement this week to cut the entire Arts budget for the City (£1.6m). It seemed a completely unnecessary draconian gesture, but in the context of the £90m deficit trumpeted by…Continue
Posted on November 24, 2012 at 10:30