Backing for campaigns against funding cuts

Campaigns against cuts to museum and arts funding see signatures mount up
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Rebecca Atkinson
Turner Prize-winning artists have given their backing to campaigns against cuts to arts funding as the number of signatories on three separate petitions mount up.

A new work entitled Reckless by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger (pictured) was released this week as part of the Save the Arts petition. The campaign, which has also seen the release of a new animation video by David Shrigley and a poster by Jeremy Deller, has attracted 39,836 signatures since it launched on 10 September.

Wallinger’s work is based on Joseph Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire but the artist has added a slash in the painting's canvas containing the words “25% cut”. A caption underneath the work reads: “If 25% were slashed from arts funding the loss would be immeasurable.” 
Meanwhile, National Museums Liverpool’s own petition urging the government not to cut its funding has attracted 15,000 signatures - including Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans. Other well-known signatories include Liverpool indie rock band The Zutons.

David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, said: “It’s superb to get backing for our petition from people in the public eye who care about culture and what it means to the city. Our visitors too have been quick to get behind us and sign our petition. They realise that the museums and galleries they love are under serious threat.”

I Value the Arts, a further petition and campaigning resource run by the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA), has been signed by more than 6,000 people since it went live on 13 September.

Louise de Winter, director of the NCA, said: "Reduced opportunities to take part in the arts could have a major impact on the quality of people’s lives and the vibrancy of their communities.”

Who’s doing what?

National Campaign for the Arts

I Value the Arts is led by the National Campaign for the Arts. The campaign includes a petition and resources to help organisations promote the campaign to visitors, the media and local MPs. Postcode information of signatories is also being captured to create a database indicating which local authority people live in and how close they are to specific venues and organisations.

Click here for more information and to sign the petition

National Museums Liverpool

Petition against government funding cuts to Liverpool museums. National Museums Liverpool will present all the signatures to the government in October

Click here for more information and to sign the petition

Save the Arts

Aiming to collect 100,000 signatures, Save the Arts is appealing to the government not to slash arts funding. The campaign has been organised by the London branch of the Turning Point Network, a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists. Each week, the campaign will release work by a different artist.

Click here for more information and to sign the petition

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