Chris Dyson writes about the arts cuts

‘[…] But the arts are more than a nice to have. When services are cut, so are opportunities and connections between people, which are ultimately far more expensive to repair.

Councils are facing impossible choices, and I hope that Suffolk is an exception, not the new rule. Rather than decimating arts budgets, we should be investing in cultural programmes, through both the capital projects and core services that give neighbourhoods identity and creative life.

Councils can start the fightback by engaging architects to find new, inventive ways to utilise spaces to grow revenue, combine functions, and to design and repurpose the places that can support communities for the long-term. In essence, use the creative industries to support the arts.’

Chris Dyson


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