I'm writing this blog on my way to Durham, a great city with a council going out of its way to embrace and enhance its cultural offer. I'm looking forward to a conversation about what we can do together, both in the short term and the long - building capacity and engagement.
By now everyone will know about the reductions in funding that have been passed on to Arts Council England, subsequent to the Chancellor’s autumn statement. These cuts will have an effect over the next two years.
Cuts are never good news. I know that budgets will have been set, and this will be an unwelcome further disruption.
In the light of these cuts, there are a couple of points that I’d like to make.
Arts Council Chief Executive, Alan Davey, spoke at the opening of the Michael Chown Prototyping Hall: part of the Heritage Learning Hub at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 19 September. The following are extracts from his speech.
It is lovely to be here at the prototyping hall, a unique development as part of the pioneering work of the Heritage Learning Hub, work that I first saw about 18 months ago but which has come on apace since then…
This year’s Edinburgh Festival opened with a typically thoughtful and provocative speech from the playwright Mark Ravenhill, about the relationship between the artist and society, and whether, to the truly adventurous spirit, public investment might prove as much a restriction as a security.