14 April 2016
Shame about lack of arts plan
I note that Ed Vaisey [Minister for Culture – Channel 4 News, 05 April] wants to “put the arts at the centre of our communities.”
What a shame that Exeter City Council does not want to do the same.
I’ve arrived home after far too long away – recent months have included worked for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and touring rural venues with The Kosh‘s production of The Storeroom – to find a mountain of post.
In amongst this pile is the the new season brochure for the Brewhouse in Taunton [with the fabulous Paper Birds visiting with Others in March], along with this postcard
The text on the rear reads:
“The arts in Somerset receive £159.000 from Somerset County Council [the black line]. This represents 0.0004% of the overall spend. A 100% cut out of the arts development budget next year will have the far reaching consequences for life in Somerset.”
And at the bottom:
Draw the line – 100% cuts in one year destroys the cultural core.
My card is currently on it’s way to Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Creative Industries.