Cultural Playing Field


Testing Times – Fighting culture’s corner in an age of austerity by Robin Simpson
April 26, 2013, 1:16 pm
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On Wednesday morning I was at the British Museum in London to hear the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, speaking on ‘Testing Times – Fighting culture’s corner in an age of austerity’. The Secretary of State said “arts and culture underpin what it means to be British … culture is able to deliver things that few other sectors can … it cultivates the creativity that underpins the wider economy”. I was pleased to hear Maria Miller say that culture “develops a sense of community” and that “culture is an intricate web of activity”. She said “it is essential that the Government invests in culture and continues to do so despite these testing times”. She also stressed that the Government is committed to a mixed economy in the arts and that no-one considers philanthropy is a panacea. Her overall message was that “we should value the arts for their own sake and make the broader case”. She finished by saying “I’ll position the arts central to economic growth”. You can read the full text of Maria Miller’s speech at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/testing-times-fighting-cultures-corner-in-an-age-of-austerity and a sceptical response from our old friend Catherine Rose at: http://ladyeffingham.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/proving-our-worth-yet-again/.

Robin Simpson.


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