Archive for September 13th, 2010

New UK Arts Campaign

13th September 2010 by Maura McHugh

Similar to Ireland the UK arts scene is facing massive cuts, which recently included the shock announcement of the closure of the UK Film Council.

In Ireland the arts lobby group the National Campaign for the Arts was born out of the urgent need for Arts groups around the country to band together and petition the government more effectively. The Campaign’s first Day of Action is coming up this Friday, September 17th.

Today the UK’s National Campaign for the Arts launched a new campaign: I Value the Arts.

I Value the Arts

Here’s its raison d’être:

The National Campaign for the Arts decided to run this campaign after being approached by members who were concerned that the public had no way to make their views on support for the arts heard.

Using volunteer time and skills from our campaign partners (and not public subsidy) we have sought advice about the best way to reach as many people as possible who care about the arts throughout the UK. We know that there are a lot of you out there: it’s estimated that three-quarters of adults and even more children take part in the arts every year. Collectively you will be a powerful new voice for audiences and participants.

We want to be able to help you to provide support for the arts in your area. That support could be about volunteering or lobbying or even setting up your own programmes of arts activities. We’d also like to listen to you and your views to help us prioritise our future work.

We’ve set no time limit on the campaign. We hope it will develop and evolve over time. We will keep updating the website with new resources and keep in contact by email with, particularly when we have news of something in your area.

If you care about the arts, please do take the 30 seconds it takes to sign up. You’ll be in good company.

We wish them the best of luck in their endeavour! Raising the profile of the arts is helpful to all of us who work in the arts, no matter where we live in the world.