On the first Monday of Party Conference in October, Boris Johnson MP, will be outlining his views on the Arts at an Arts Council sponsored fringe event entitled “The Arts and the Next Government”. He will be hoping to get across the message that the Arts in this country are under-funded and fettered by a bureaucracy more interested in tallying social quotas than in supporting, promoting and investing in the Arts.
The issue of freedom then, will be at the heart of his speech. Museums, galleries and other artistic venues should be free to appoint the trustees of their choice, to raise money howsoever they can and to go about promoting themselves to as large an audience as possible free from the tyranny of target-driven quotas. This is not, however, an excuse to cut central government grant. The Shadow Treasury team has agreed with Boris to carry forward current levels of funding in the Arts into the future. Concretely, Boris will be hoping to help the Arts by fostering in this country a philanthropic culture similar to that found in America. Giving to the Arts needs to become both socially and financially more rewarding for the Arts to be placed on a sustainable basis for the future. More details of tax structure and how it could be altered to create a more amenable environment for the Arts will be outlined at an event to be held on 15th November at the National Gallery.
Information contributed by Olly – researcher to Boris Johnson MP. He invites your comments.