Public Support low in Britain for Government funding of the arts

A study commissioned by Britain’s Threadneedle Prize found that two-thirds of people agree that the government is right to cut arts funding.  66% of respondents agreed that the majority of visual arts funding should come from corporate sponsorship and private donations.

According to an article from the BBC, these results come as the Museums Association “warns of ‘a return to the pitiful days of collections stuck unused and neglected in basement stores’.  A survey, carried out by the Association, found that a third thought cuts would force them to close sites or parts of sites.  And more then 40% said they would consider introducing or increasing charges, which the association warned would restrict public access.

Museums Association director Mark Taylor said cuts would undo the good work of the ‘Renaissance’ funding programme – introduced in 2002 – which he said had ‘transformed England’s great regional museums’ with an increase in visitor numbers of 40%.”

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