16 June 2011
Posted in General
The Lost Arts project – supported by the Writers’ Guild and seven other unions in the arts and cultural sector – was launched in Westminster on 15 June 2011
At the centre of the Lost Arts campaign is a website, www.lost-arts.org, which over the next three years will log all the cuts and closures caused by the public spending axe, at national and local level. Creators, workers and members of the public can submit details online to add new information to the Lost Arts database.
Guild President David Edgar, in a speech at the launch event, said that theatre of ambition cost more than the box office could provide: 'If you withdraw subsidy – or cut it to the bone – you won't force people to make Warhorse or Jerusalem more efficiently. You'll stop them being made at all.' The entire speech is available below.
Shadow Culture Secretary Ivan Lewis said: 'The claim that philanthropy and the National Lottery will fill the gap is false. Government funding for the arts is not subsidy – it is investment.'
The information gathered by the website will form the basis of a campaign to restore arts funding to its former levels as soon as possible.