I Know What I Like

13Sep10

“The arts allow us to look at ourselves, transport us, surprise us. They allow us to see something unique . . . something different from the latest Hollywood teen-vampire bollocks or reality TV.”

This weekend saw the launch of the Save the Arts campaign, which sees a variety of British artists contributing work to help inform the wider public about the threat of the proposed 25% cuts in government funding of the arts. Those behind the campaign point out that “it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world and appeals to the government not to slash arts funding and risk destroying this long-term achievement and the social and economic benefits it brings to all”. All of which seems enormously relevant given the events already happening at a local level here in the wilds of East Anglia, (see my last blog entry).

Jeremy Deller is one of the artists who has already contributed work to the campaign, using a wonderful quote from William Morris, spotted at a recent visit to the William Morris gallery in Walthamstow, (see above). And David Shrigley has produced a really excellent short animation explaining what he thinks of the situation too, which is well worth a watch.

So if you even vaguely care about these things get yourself along to their website, pledge your support and help spread the word because believe you me the cuts are already beginning to happen.



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