The Pledges – Put your candidates under pressure

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As part of this campaign, supporters are asked to contact the candidates standing as parliamentary candidates in the constituency in which they live to secure support for some pledges related to arts & culture.

The pledges are:

PLEDGE 1

To protect and expand public funding for arts & culture

PLEDGE 2

To make sure public funding for arts & culture
meets the condition of minimum standards of pay and employment

PLEDGE 3

To ensure transparency of any sponsorship in arts & culture and to promote ethical policies in cultural institutions

PLEDGE 4

To promote democratic accountability in publicly funded cultural bodies and investigate corporate interests present on governing bodies

PLEDGE 5

To ensure the funding and promote the role of art education in society, including free access to education

PLEDGE 6

To tackle inequalities of access to arts & culture and its funding and to develop a socially progressive arts Policy

Conference: « The Future of Arts & Culture »

Direct Action at the British Museum during the Future of Arts & Culture conference
Direct Action at the British Museum during the Future of Arts & Culture conference

On Saturday 14 March, we organised the conference on « The Future of Arts & Culture » with 6 culture Trade Unions and 11 campaign groups, academics and artists. This is the start of cultural resistance against austerity.

We believe there is a powerful case against austerity and budget cuts and for public investment in arts & culture. Arts and culture cost just 14p per person per week. For every £1 invested up to £6 is generated for the economy. 78% of adults attended or participated in the arts in 2014. Creative industries employ 2.5 million people. People who visited a museum are 20% more likely to report good health and 37% more likely to report higher life satisfaction than those who did not. The corporate capitalist model for funding arts & culture is flawed and will cause a further damaging impact on access to culture as a human right and as a public service. We believe there is an alternative – but this requires the cuts to budgets to be stopped and arts and culture to be properly funded.

For the full programme (report to come out soon), see:

https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/sertuc-creative-and-leisure-industries-committee-conference-saturday-14-march-2015

Show Culture Some Love!

Artwork created by Bob & Roberta Smith for the campaign
Artwork created by Bob & Roberta Smith for the campaign

The « Show Culture Some Love » campaign was launched by the PCS union (Public & Commercial Sector) and the CLIC (Creative & Leisure Industries Committee) of the Southern & Eastern Region of the TUC’s (SERTUC) at a conference on « the future of arts & culture ».

It’s main aims are to campaign for an end to the cuts in arts & culture budgets caused by the pro-austerity policies of the current government and to make the case for greater investment.

As part of this campaign, supporters are asked to contact the candidates standing as parliamentary candidates in the constituency in which they live to secure support for some pledges related to arts & culture.