ARTS MUST MAKE ECONOMIC CASE ACCORDING TO CULTURE SECRETARY
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on its economic, not artistic, value.
She told arts executives in a speech that, “when times are tough and money is tight, our focus must be on culture’s economic impact.”
Arts organisations are facing big challenges as a result of austerity measures from central and local governments.
Former Arts Council England chair Dame Liz Forgan told BBC Radio 4’s World at One: “The danger in what she is saying is that people actually start to believe that because art produces huge economic benefits, we should start directing our investment in culture for its commercial potential.
“That’s not only philistine, it’s self-defeating, because then you get accountants making artistic decisions, which is as silly as having artists making accounting ones.
“If you start to invest in art because of an identified commercial outcome, you will get worse art and therefore we will get a worse commercial outcome.”
> Watch Maria Miller’s speech.
(Above: ‘Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows’, by John Constable).