We’ve an opinion-rich issue for December/January – see packed letters page and extended Debate section for evidence of artists taking a stand.
Ed Vaizey - a-n The Artists Information Company
Speaking at the Culture Change conference in January, Arts Minister Ed Vaizey called on arts organisations to embrace new technology as a resource to engage and develop audiences.
Cameron’s Big Society has been criticised for being a cover for spending cuts. Its proposal to shift power from central government to communities and volunteers is not enough to maintain services that will be compromised by deep cuts, many argue.
Dan Thompson’s letter in response to the State of the Arts conference
Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries defended the decision to cut the Arts Council’s budget by a disproportionate 4% at the launch of Arts and Business initiative The Big Arts Give.