Norman Lebretch on the looming and very real possibility of the abolition of the Arts Council

“Most of its tasks could easily be reallocated – the 15 national companies to the Department of Culture, the political lobbying to the National Campaign for the Arts. … This latest cull is not the final curtain for the Arts Council, not quite. But unless Frayling and his unannounced new set of directors devise a more coherent purpose, the next overhaul will be Brownite and brutal.”

Personally I suspect the Treasury will fluff the decision, and give them ‘one last chance’. Which will probably be the wrong decision. Frankly, I doubt abolition would have any real effect on the average visual artist. It might even mean we, as individuals, end up getting more than a chance dribble from a measly annual pot of £5m.

(D’log‘s previous Arts Council postings are here)