Cultural Playing Field

What Next? by Robin Simpson
March 14, 2013, 8:55 am
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On Wednesday morning I was at the Young Vic in London for a meeting of What Next? – a group of mainly London based artists and arts organisations which is planning to campaign on arts funding. Those present included representatives of the Tate, the RSC, Battersea Arts Centre and King’s College London. I was one of two guest speakers on the agenda – with Munira Mirza, the London Deputy Mayor, Education and Culture. I spoke about the amateur arts sector and the potential to strengthen arguments for arts funding by involving the millions of amateur participants across the country in any campaign. I got a very warm and enthusiastic reception – David Lan, who chairs the What Next? meetings, suggested this was “the missing link” in developing their arguments for the value of the arts. We agreed to schedule a longer conversation about the amateur arts at a future What Next? meeting.

Robin Simpson.

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