The Cardiff Without Culture? campaign is urging people to show their support for the arts in the city by the end of today, as Cardiff Council contemplates devastating funding cuts.
With just hours to go until Cardiff Council closes its public consultation on the proposals, the arts sector in Cardiff ask artists, artists professionals and concerned members of the public to complete the online survey by 11.59pm, Tuesday 12 January.
The drastic savings proposed by Cardiff Council include cuts of over £700,000 to the arts and culture in Cardiff. Both Artes Mundi and Cardiff Contemporary would be at risk, as would numerous other cultural organisations – both large and small-scale – with a proposed removal of £430,000 support for arts venues and the cutting of the £68,000 Arts Grants for Organisations scheme.
As well as the online survey, supporters are also asked to sign the 38degrees campaign, make their voices heard on Twitter by advocating the value of the Cardiff arts scene and impact of the loss with messages to @cardiffcouncil using #cardiffwithoutculture #cdfbudget.
The council’s scrutiny committee will meet in February to consider the public response. For those hoping to write directly to council officers (eg [email protected]) and councillors by letter and email, Cardiff Without Culture? have provided an outline of key arguments on the value of the arts to Cardiff and the implications this loss would have on the city.
Keep up to date with the Cardiff Without Culture? campaign via its Facebook page
Correction: The deadline for Cardiff Council’s consultation on funding cuts has been extended by 24 hours.