Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Anyway, Nick came away with the shocking news that Peter Hewitt had barely received any letters of complaint about the Grants4Arts cut (he mentioned a figure but it was too shockingly low to publish here). The point is, if we don't howl and complain and scream about the dire consequences of this action what's to stop them coming back for a few more percentage points when the price of bricks goes up? I felt ashamed of not contributing to the derisory pile of letters and it was in this context that the latest request arrived from Arts Council England for us to take part in the Arts Debate.
The Arts Debate is a public consultation exercise about Public Funding of the arts. It has been running since February and closes on 11th May. Time is running out to get our voices heard, so I got online and filled in the questionnaire. It turned out to be quite easy, I think I may have got full marks. The link here takes you to the debate site, do try and find time to tell the Arts Council what you think. To make things even easier I've answered Question 1 for your here. It's Stan's Cafe.
We will be analysing the submissions and publishing findings this Autumn. In the meantime you can see what other people have been saying online and debate hot topics at artsdebate.co.uk.
Luke Smith, Arts Debate Project Manager