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 Post subject: UK Arts and Government Funding
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2002 11:41 pm 

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A crop of articles on the state of funding of the arts in the UK.<P>Martin Kettle in The Guardian.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Tom Stoppard doesn't normally get political when he gives interviews. With his new Coast of Utopia trilogy now in previews at the National Theatre, the playwright has plenty of professional business on his mind. But when he talked to the New Statesman's Mary Riddell last week, the playwright could no longer contain his indignation about the Labour government's persistently grudging attitude to the arts. <BR>You could trace the current parsimony back to Thatcherism, he acknowledged, "But I can't say Mr Blair has reversed it. They get cross if you say so. Because the Arts Council kitty goes up a bit and the National Theatre gets £12m, the feeling is the arts should think themselves lucky and shut up." It all came back, he said, to a "lack of culture". <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF=",3604,752997,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>Jude Kelly - also The Guardian.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The £25m injected into regional theatre by the Department of Culture and the Arts Council last spring enabled everyone to breathe a little easier. That increase, unprecedented but sorely overdue, was scheduled to enter the system in 2002-3. But before the effects of that extra funding have become apparent we find ourselves faced with the Treasury's triannual Public Spending Review. There has been no indication from the government about what we might expect. Gordon Brown himself has yet to utter a single word defining New Labour's commitment to the arts. Was last year's infusion of cash a genuine act of faith? Or are we about to discover that it was merely a financial prop intended to shore up some crumbling cultural edifices that might better be served with a demolition order? <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF=",3604,752996,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And an article in The Times on the first graduates to have benefited from the Government's Dance and Dramatic Arts Scholarships.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>A cting is not considered a proper career in Middlesbrough — at least not according to Laura Londsdale. “It’s industrial up there,” she says. “Proper jobs are technology, medicine, industry. People like me would not have received funding to study acting from my local education authority.” <BR>Londsdale, 21, who graduates today from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (Alra) is among the first batch of recipients of the Government’s Dance and Dramatic Arts (Dada) scholarships, which were instigated in 1999 and replaced the arbitrary LEA funding system that, according to Alra’s head, Tony Castro, pretty much depended on whether the person in charge liked music and drama or not. <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF=",,1-50-352476,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>I think there is a worry that there is quite a bit of unding going into the training end and a lot of encouragement for young people to train in the arts but without adequate funding at the other end there is going to be even less work opportunities for them when they graduate.<P>

 Post subject: Re: UK Arts and Government Funding
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2002 1:06 pm 

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Two more articles about Arts funding in the UK:

Support for arts 'remains high'
from the BBC website

Nine out of 10 people in England have taken part in the arts in the past year, according to the most far-reaching survey of its kind in a decade. And nearly three-quarters of those who responded to a questionnaire on attitudes towards the arts believe they play a valuable role in the life of the country.

Young people aged 16-24 are least likely to share this view, with only 43% of the opinion that the arts make an important contribution to their lives.

But overall support for the arts, albeit through going to the cinema, reading or visiting a museum, remains high, according to the Arts Council of England survey of more than 6,000 people.

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Artist attacks government policies
from the BBC website

Sculptor Anish Kapoor, whose giant sculpture was unveiled at Tate Modern recently, has criticised
the British government, saying it does not understand culture. Kapoor is one of the UK's most respected artists and his latest work Marsyas is 23 metres (75 feet) wide and 35 metres (115 feet) high and dominates the central hall of the London gallery.

He told the Independent newspaper: "I don't think they get it - that in the deepest, deepest
depths of human history, the cultural has always been a motivator of people."

Kapoor has been lobbying for the arts for many years and sits on the Arts Council of England,
which distributes government and lottery funds to cultural projects.

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