All change in arts funding: crisis or opportunity?

Thursday 14 November, 7.00pm until 9.00pm, The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH UK Satellite Events 2013

The news earlier this that Newcastle was planning to completely cut its arts budget was a stark reminder of the challenges facing the arts in the recession. Yet while culture secretary Maria Miller provoked fury by insisting that the funding should be viewed as ‘venture capital’ rather than hand-outs, some have welcomed the opportunity for the arts to liberate itself from the strictures of state funding and box-ticking criteria. Should the arts be more willing to embrace the freedom of alternative funding models, or will the market prove even more hostile to challenging, experimental work? Have arts organisations made mistakes in justifying their work in economic terms for so long, or were such arguments a necessary evil? Will public access to the arts be dealt a mortal blow by the cuts, or will it only really impact work which is already struggling to find an audience?

Tickets: £7.50/5 via or 02072582925

Martin Cullingford
editor, Gramophone; writer on art, architecture and museums

Stella Duffy
writer and theatre-maker; award-winning author of short stories, plays and novels

Manick Govinda
head, artists' advisory services; producer, Artsadmin; vice chair, a-n The Artists Information Company

Paul Gudgin
festival director, City of London Festival

Dr Jonathan Holmes
playwright and theatre director, Jericho

Dr Cecilia Wee
curator, writer and broadcaster; chair of board, Live Art Development Agency; area council member, Arts Council England (London)

David Bowden
associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; culture writer

Produced by
David Bowden associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; culture writer
in association with