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: