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Arts figures launch cultural manifesto to uphold spending

March 27, 2010

Grayson Perry, the Turner Prize-winner, and Gurinder Chadha, the film director, were among figures across the arts who launched a new cultural manifesto urging the Government to uphold arts spending or risk damaging Britain’s economic recovery.

Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry Photo: JANE MINGAY

The document, entitled: Cultural Capital: A Manifesto for the Future, claims it is essential that the UK’s cultural institutions continue to benefit from public investment, particularly at a time when the eyes of the world prepare to focus on the London 2012 Olympics.

Cutting state funding would make poor economic sense and risk denting Britain’s ”social and economic recovery” from recession, the manifesto warns.

Among the other well-known faces attending the event at the British Museum were musicians Brian Eno and Julian Lloyd Webber, plus dancers from the English National Ballet and Sadler’s Wells.

Campaign placards declaring ”You can bank on culture”, designed by UK artists including Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and Tracey Emin, were waved as the group posed for photographers on the steps inside the British Museum’s exhibition space.

Mr Perry said: ”I do believe there is time for a debate when politicians start releasing not just the economic benefits of culture… but that cultural institutions can lead the debate. There are other ways of measuring the success of a country.

Read more at: Arts manifesto

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