You’d have had to have your head in the sand to have missed the complete outrage griping the country over the cuts the Government are making at the moment. The arts sector is being particularly hard hit – with the Film Council cut, the Arts Council budget being sliced by £100M and even local councils cutting their arts funding by 100%, it’s not a great time to be an artist.
Our work is rarely understood or valued and the fact that for every £1 the Government invests in the arts, the UK economy gets £2 in return seems to have been missed by those in charge.
There is a lot going on at the moment and a lot of people are voicing their concerns. Over 100 of Britain’s leading artists lent their names to an open letter to the Guardian warning that government cuts risk destroying the country’s “remarkable and fertile landscape of culture and creativity”.
If you want to show how you feel about the cuts to the arts, or anything else that is affecting you in the Spending Review, then come along to the TUC backed March for the Alternative on the 26th March in London. The march will gather on Victoria Embankment and form up between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges from 11am.
If you can’t make it, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll march in your name. Witty ideas for placards gratefully recieved! There’s lots you can do if you can’t come. Spread the word and sign up to other anti-cuts petitions.
Thanks, and I hope to see you there.