As you’ll have heard this week, Newcastle are the latest council to announce a full cut in their arts funding, following on from Lothians and Westminster’s announcements last week. In this time of austerity, the arts are likely to take further cuts over the next few years.
house was put together with the objective of developing robust theatres and arts centres, as part of our vision to build a self-sustaining touring network across the south east and east; but we must still be realistic about the future for our sector. Even we know that house cannot prop up regional touring forever.
The house development days have been put together to enable venues to share ideas and resources, and to give artists an insight into what a venue programmer goes through – and what materials and information they can provide that will make their tour that bit more sellable; both to and for the venue.
What are your thoughts on funding and the future of the arts; how has it affected your venue, or your company?
- Guardian Arts funding section
- Guardian: Culture clash as threat of 100% cut in arts funding divides Newcastle
- The Stage: Westminster City Council propose to remove all arts funding by 2014/15
- BBC News: Will British cities copy Newcastle’s culture cuts?
- Edinburgh Evening News: Lothians art funding slashed by councils
- The Telegraph: Outgoing Arts Council Chair attacks arts cuts at £8,000 leaving event
- The Stage blogs: Forgan conclusion for local theatres?
- The Stage: Nicholas Hytner – ‘economic argument is not sole justification for arts subsidy’