Following the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s announcement on 10 January of an inquiry into the regional imbalance of funding in the UK, Arts Council England has published a formal response as well as a report titled This England: How Arts Council England uses its investment to shape a national cultural ecology.
‘There are valuable and varied accounts of the arts and culture landscape across the country,’ said Alan Davey, chief executive of ACE. ‘We hope that the Committee receive a range of submissions that show this diversity of experience and opinion.
‘Arts Council England’s remit is to support great art for everyone. The arts ecology of England is complex and interrelated and there are inherent and long standing challenges in achieving our ambition ‒ in reaching all parts of the country, rural and urban, cities and the suburbs and in reaching people from many different communities. To do this well, we need a strong and nationally connected arts infrastructure in our capital city as much as we need an equally strong and vibrant arts infrastructure in the regions.
‘We look forward to discussing the detail of our investment criteria, and reflecting the scale of our ambition in delivering great art for everyone across England to the committee.’
According to a statement, the This England report is an attempt by ACE to explain its current strategy and to put it ‘clearly into context, particularly regarding recent debate on the geographical spread of our investment and the ongoing cuts to public funding for arts and culture’.
The full official response to the Culture Media and Sport Committee inquiry can seen here
The This England report can be seen here