Budget cuts would devastate the arts, warn theatre and gallery directors: The Guardian

Job losses, widespread closures and damage to audiences and Britain’s reputation would follow, say leading figures

Leading figures in the art world have pleaded yesterday with the government “cut us but don’t kill us” and warned of dire consequences for audiences at home and Britain’s reputation abroad if threatened cuts of 25% are pushed through.

The Arts Council has warned that such cuts over the next four years would mean dropping at least 200 arts organisations out of more than 800 they fund, with the loss of thousands of jobs.

Read the rest of this article from the Guardian here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/jul/15/arts-cuts-budget-letter

This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 13.46 BST on Thursday 15 July 2010. A version appeared on p11 of the Main section section of the Guardian on Friday 16 July 2010. It was last modified at 17.25 BST on Thursday 15 July 2010.

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