Two more artists have contributed work to the Save the Arts campaign. I like them individually, but I think they work even better together, because they focus on different aspects of the issues with cutting arts funding.
First, Mark Titchner has produced two designs which will be on display around Birmingham. The one above particularly concentrates on the idea of the arts as an industry. As the cuts are discussed, many would write off the arts as an expensive indulgence, whereas it is actually a lucrative section of British industry. The very politicised statement also associates it with other demonstrations in recent history as industries have declined or disappeared through Government actions (or inaction). As the press release say, “Titchner has purposefully pitched the phrase in a city where cuts to major industries over the past decade have had dramatic impact.”
Titchner’s second piece takes a different approach:
This one picks up on the idea that no-one is claiming the arts are exempt from cuts, but rather that if cuts are too severe, the arts will die. it’s a simple message, but an effective one.
And finally, Bob and Roberta Smith has produced a simple piece which tackles a different angle, but also takes on another misconception about the cuts.
As the caption states, this isn’t about artists complaining that they’ll be poor. Artists will still make art. The issue is that access will be restricted, whether that’s in terms of time or money or whatever.