Protesters: Save The Arts/Turning Point Network
Target: Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Date: 10 September launch
The Save the Arts campaign is organised by the London branch of the Turning Point Network, a national consortium of more than 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to finding new ways to support the arts in the UK. More than 100 leading artists, including David Hockney and Damien Hirst, have joined the campaign, which launched with a new animation by David Shrigley called An Important Message About the Arts.
- Why the protests?
The aim of the Save the Arts campaign is to encourage people to sign a petition that will be sent to the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Save The Arts points out that it has taken 50 years to create a vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world, and is appealing to the Government not to slash arts funding.
- How did DCMS respond?
No direct response has been given, but Hunt has earned plaudits from the Treasury for his keenness to make cuts.
- Media treatment
The campaign was covered widely in the quality dailies such as The Independent and The Guardian, with the Shrigley animation linked to online pieces. Coverage was also achieved in the New York Times, The Associated Press plus arts publications Culture24 and Art Info.