Drastic arts cuts could devastate the south-west
1 March 2017
The Countries of Culture report highlighted the fact that the previous culture minister, despite false platitudes and a lot of sucking up from Covent Garden and the South Bank, had not rebuked or even discussed with his chums in Westminster town hall the withdrawal of arts funding by Westminster Council.
So what hope for Bath? Will the new minister take up this cause? Sadly, I think we all know the answer to that question.
I’m not surprised about the cuts in Bristol and Bath. I worked at the Bristol Old Vic in the 1960s and 1970s and even then the council’s grant was very mean.
Times are tough, but cutting essential funding to one of the city’s major cultural assets is poor long-term thinking.