Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul – and you answer. ~Terri Guillemets
I try my best not to get too political on my blog, but sometimes a story pops up that I am so passionate about that I have to get vocal. Considering that I have just completed my degree in History of Art, I couldn’t have been a good student if I didn’t get fired up about the Governments plans to Slash funding to the Arts by 25-30%. The UK Film council has already been targeted with its boss quitting over the cuts, and the Labour Government’s flagship arts programme Creative Partnerships, is also facing the axe.
I have previously volunteered for the Brighton Festival, Phoenix Brighton, The Basement Brighton and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, so I have seen first hand how tight budgets already are. Cuts to the Arts budget will force smaller institutions to close, particularly in areas where arts programmes have encouraged an area’s rejuvenation. This could be anything from a art group for toddlers of single mums, to a dance school for teens.
Many artists rely on funding from institutions to start working, particularly if they have just graduated. Artists of YBA movement were not commanding huge price tags for the works to begin with, Tracey Emin made her money selling ashtray’s with Damien Hirst’s face in.
Art helps us to make sense of the world. Artists have the confidence to say things that we don’t. Arts inspires us to do what we love. Art is then essential to the progression of society. The British cultural industry also leads the world and is an essential part of tourism. We should celebrate our strengths, not cut them down.
Please sign the Save the Arts petition, keep an eye on the Save the Arts Blog for more information. If you are also interested in the story keep an eye on Charlotte Higgins Blog, who will be reporting cuts to the arts. If you see any in your local area, get in touch with her. If you want to know what is being cut in your local area, check out I value the Arts.
The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression. The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality. ~Robert Brault