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The Arts: In it for the money

In the age of austerity can governments continue to patronise the arts?

As a consequence of cuts made to council budgets, local museums, theatres and libraries are still closing across the UK, with the accusations being made that the North of England are not getting the same access as London and the South East to Lottery Arts spending.

We have put together some initial questions to obtain opinion on these matters from our younger members.

  • As the arts are an integral part to the world's culture, what changes are in store for the next two decades?
  • Where should there be investment in the arts to ensure it plays a role in the future of our cultural lives?
  • Currently the majority of museums are free of charge - is this something that can be sustained in the future?
  • Why does the Government spend billions more supporting the arts in London at the expense of the regions?