12 Visual art representative and membership bodies sent this letter to the Secretary of State earlier this week
" Visual art is a British success story. It contributes to tourism, the knowledge economy, our international standing (particularly in the emerging economies from Sharjah to Singapore) and fuels the creative industries.
Galleries, collections, artists studios, public art and artists projects of many kinds have transformed the fabric of local communities over the… Continue
Added by Hilary Gresty on July 29, 2010 at 15:20 —
There have been several occasions recently where the same stories were posted to both the blog and the forum parts of this site, with consequent splitting of the follow-up responses. The two look somewhat the same but work rather differently.Blogs
. Comments can only be added to the end of the conversation. The front page shows blog posts by their creation date, so entries will inevitably vanish from the front page after a few days. Blogs are… Continue
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Added by Marcus Romer on July 28, 2010 at 22:28 —
I just came across this report from the CBI on their views as to what the government needs to do to support the creative industries. Clearly this is only one aspect to the wider cultural life we need to support but I have found this a useful tool today even in explaining to people from outside the sector about the wider creative ecology we need to protect.
A link to the report is here;…
Added by Nick Sherrard on July 27, 2010 at 13:48 —
Follow the link below to read for yourself the make-up of the new Culture Forum (don't confuse with the 'New Culture Forum' a centre-right culture lobbying group), which has been set up to give “the sector an opportunity to engage in the Government’s call for a national debate on the cultural economy” [source: Arts & Business…
Added by Katriona Beales on July 27, 2010 at 12:00 —
In his book ‘The Art of the Turnaround” Michael M. Kaiser talks in his 10 rules about Marketing and making cuts.
He believes that “you cannot save your way to health”. He notes that most arts organisations already do far more with less than their for-profit peers. Budget cuts might be advisable but where one cuts is crucial
“Organisations focused simply on reducing costs will continue to get… Continue
Added by John Caldwell on July 27, 2010 at 11:00 —
At Axis (www.axisweb.org - the online resource for contemporary art) we are keen to hear how cuts are affecting you already or may affect you in the future. We would also welcome your views about how we, together with other visual arts agencies, can lobby on behalf of the many artists and art professionals whose livelihoods are at stake in the current funding crisis. Sheila McGregor, Axis Chief Executive, sets out our concerns at… Continue
Added by Kara Chatten on July 27, 2010 at 10:00 —
At the end of a big day for culture it seems that Hunt has managed quite a feat of presentation. The news is big but the policy is half-baked, and hardly lives up to the standards of transparency held up by this new government. We need to try to take the debate on cuts into the details and what the impacts will be on the ground.…
Added by Nick Sherrard on July 26, 2010 at 23:27 —
From the DCMS website today:
Added by Rachel Jeffcoat on July 26, 2010 at 13:00 —
I'm a researcher who is currently seconded to DCMS working on a project about measuring the value of culture. I'm very interested in many of the conversations and blog posts going on here as much of it seems to relate to how we talk about and understand the value of culture.
The way the value of culture is narrated changes (unsurprisingly) given the context of the conversation. Thus much of the discussions in the media have used ideas about the contribution of… Continue
Added by Dave O'Brien on July 26, 2010 at 10:59 —
Something I wrote for the Guardian back in February. Sadly most of it is still relevant.
Added by Jonathan Holmes on July 24, 2010 at 11:34 —
This is a slightly longer version of an article I wrote for the Evening Standard (… Continue
Added by Samuel West on July 23, 2010 at 16:00 —
Funding the arts costs everyone in Britain 17p per week. That's equivalent to half a pint of milk from Tesco. The arts earn the exchequer around 35p per person per week. That's equivalent to a pint of milk from Tesco. Quite aside from all the reasons the arts are A Good… Continue
Added by Daniel Bye on July 22, 2010 at 14:25 —
The Today programme had a feature catching up with some of the issues on arts funding today. They looked at why the USA had a stronger philanthropic base, with the Head of Art at Bank USA/Merrill Lynch. I found her comments both troubling and predictable about why rich people collect art. Firstly, visual art will always benefit most from patronage - as it is something that philanthropists can hang on their wall as well as subsidise artists to do. Secondly, it is confined chiefly to large… Continue
Added by Trevelyan Wright on July 22, 2010 at 10:37 —
From the Guardian:
Up to half of all staff at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport are to be made redundant as part of the cuts programme submitted to the Treasury by the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
Hunt has also proposed moving out from the well-appointed departmental headquarters in Cockspur Street, just off Trafalgar Square, with the remaining staff finding room in a different, existing government departmental building.
In a move that will send a… Continue
Added by Jack J Hutchinson on July 20, 2010 at 22:30 —
I originally posted this on the Third Angel blog back in April 2010 (http://thirdangeluk.blogspot.com
), so all date references ("this week" etc) should be read with that in mind - i.e. it is pre-election. Marcus asked me to post it here, too, which seems like a good idea:
The VAT Question
At the State
of the Arts
conference back in January I asked… Continue
Added by Alexander Kelly, Third Angel on July 20, 2010 at 12:12 —
Worth reading Jeremy Hunt's blog here about his dinner with Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry - worth reminding him too that they both started their respective careers in the subsidised theatre sector.
Added by Marcus Romer on July 17, 2010 at 11:29 —
The National Campaign for the Arts has alerted its members to contribute directly to the Government's consultations on the spending cuts and legislation and to send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is seeking the views of the public on red tape and legislation. The Government is looking to increase and reinforce personal and public freedoms and is seeking suggestions as to which laws and regulations need changing or… Continue
Added by Mhora Samuel on July 16, 2010 at 15:00 —
Apparently culture and heritage will form part of a later statement
Added by Marcus Romer on July 16, 2010 at 15:00 —
Added by Marcus Romer on July 16, 2010 at 12:37 —