Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Have your say on the future of the arts in the UK

The view across Westminster from the top of the National Portrait Gallery
11" x 32" pen and ink (two double page spreads in anA4 daler rowney sketchbook)
copyright Katherine Tyrrell

What do you value about the arts and the public funding of the arts, and how might the Arts Council better meet your needs? Luke Smith, Project Manager of the Arts Debate sponsored by the Art Council, UK has left a comment on my earlier blog post about the The National Virtual Museum - 24 hour culture (March 16th) inviting people reading this blog to contribute to the online debate about the future of the Arts in the UK.

Here's what he said........
24hr Museum is a great resource, but should we expect more online facilities from 'physical' cultural institutions. If Making a Mark readers have views on the responsibilities of publicly funded arts organisations then lets hear them at the arts debate. This is Arts Council England's first ever public value enquiry and we've already had a lot of lively online contributions. Luke Smith, Project Manager, The Arts Debate
The debate is about public investment in the arts. The Arts Council wants to hear people's views about
what really matters to all the communities its serves and is consulting about the future of public investment in the arts in this country.

With better knowledge of people's views they aim to make more informed decisions in planning for the future. There's no requirement to comment on any specific proposal - it's an open ended debate aiming to get
broad views about how public value of the arts and how this value might be increased. I think Luke also wants to try and get a better insight into online access.

Here's the link to The Arts Debate on the Arts Council website with appropriate links in the extract below if you want to join read what people have said so far.
Have your say on the future of the arts:
I'm happy to have comments left on this blog post - but please remember to go and post them on their site as well! The debate finishes on May 11th.

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Making A Mark said...

I went for a read of the contributions to date adter I'd posted the above. At present, I'm getting the impression of an awful lot of contributions by people who have a vested interest in Arts Council Funding and not a lot from 'the public'

Maybe this should be redressed?

Anonymous said...

Katherine, I suspect you are right in relation to where our comments come from -- although there are at least as many people commenting who hate us as love us! Thanks for widening the debate by getting your readers involved.

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