Arts Funding Information
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
Added by Samuel West on April 25, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments
What happened at the Brewhouse was clearly a terrible blow for the town, the staff and their audiences.
But also for the whole wider arts ecology and infrastructure. There are companies and artists who are owed thousands of pounds – and some who date back to early October last year who have not been paid.
It is highly unlikely that any of these individuals and organisations will see any of their money as they now all count as unsecured creditors.
At Pilot Theatre we know…Continue
Added by Marcus Romer on March 9, 2013 at 15:26 — No Comments
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.
Added by Samuel West on March 7, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments
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…
Added by Samuel West on December 17, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments
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
Added by Samuel West on November 24, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments
The writer Lee Hall has written an open letter to the leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, about the proposed closure of the majority of Newcastle's libraries. He is yet to receive a reply. Here's the letter:
Added by Samuel West on November 20, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments
When I was artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, the first play I directed was The Romans in Britain. I’d wanted to revive this for lots of reasons, but one was that the first line of the play is "Where the fuck are we?"
It seemed like the right question to ask at the beginning of an artistic tenure. I’ve been asking it ever since. If we’re lucky enough to be in work as actors, or to be able to make work as directors, it’s a question which we…Continue
Added by Samuel West on July 10, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments
This is a speech I made to introduce the Arts Index, a publication from The National Campaign for the Arts, of which I'm a trustee.
The Index is an annual health-check for the arts, compiled using figures from Arts and Business, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and The Department for Culture, Media & Sport. We’re very grateful to them for their contributions.
Thanks too to Don Foster MP for…Continue
Added by Samuel West on December 6, 2011 at 14:27 — No Comments
This is a speech I made at Hyde Park. Some of the arguments may be familiar. It was very last-minute and it had to be heavily cut - the TUC only allows speakers three minutes, and they're very strict!
Speech to the TUC’s March for the Alternative,
London, 26th March 2011
“I do not want art for a few, any more than I…Continue
I wrote this in protest against plans to close the the York Gardens Public Library in Wandsworth. It was given at their Read-in on Saturday 5th February 2011.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
I grew up in Wandsworth, just up the road. I learnt to read early, and I’ve loved it ever since. At school we had a little lending library, mostly full of old Puffins, where I took books out, and even occasionally…Continue
I was kind of hoping for something with more pizazz that this. I hope it makes your day too.
They say -
This animated video introduces the culture and sport outcomes framework, including how it works and how you can create your own.
This video (length: 4 minutes, 51 seconds) introduces the culture and sport outcomes framework and considers:
Added by Taylor Nuttall on February 3, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments
Added by Conrad Atkinson on January 21, 2011 at 15:34 — No Comments
Yesterday saw the announcement of significant uplifts for many of ACW's portfolio of clients with an average uplift of c. 20%.
Big winners include National Theatre Wales who bag an extra £335,000 (its sister Welsh language equivalent Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru languishes at standstill) and newcomers to the portfolio including NoFit State Circus who get a kick start of £200K.
Not too may surprises in there with uplifts for previous Beacon Award status companies…Continue
Added by Carol Jones on December 16, 2010 at 17:36 — No Comments
I've just published this report for DCMS:
on how we measure the value of culture in a way that can be useful for central government decision-makers (and specifically Treasury). I'm keen to get debate going about it as i think it might have some important lessons for both government and the arts sector. Please feel free to let me…Continue
Added by Dave O'Brien on December 15, 2010 at 15:57 — No Comments
Added by Lizzie Crump on November 18, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments
Added by Carol Jones on November 18, 2010 at 15:17 — No Comments
The headlines about the Scottish government's support for the arts, culture and creative industries in a budget to deal with £1.3bn cuts next year appear less lurid than in England. For a start, the language used in the budget is warm and appreciative about the importance of the arts culture and creative industries to Scotland' s success and, having already been through the abolishment of the Scottish Arts Council, we have been been spared the public flogging of the Arts Council of…Continue
Added by Anne Bonnar on November 18, 2010 at 10:34 — No Comments
13-Nov-10 Somerset County Council Arts Funding Decision: Full Response
(See Summary Statement or What Next section for
details on next steps)
Conservative led Somerset County Council has voted to cut 100% of the £159,000…Continue
Added by Rachael Duthie on November 13, 2010 at 11:57 — No Comments