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Leading UK contemporary visual arts institutions and art schools unite against proposed government cuts to arts education.

An Open Letter to Secretary of Education, Gavin Williamson, facilitated by CVAN and a Visual Arts Alliance, has gained over 300 signatories to demonstrate an opposition to the proposed cuts.

300 leaders from across the visual arts sector including art institutions, art schools, galleries and universities across the country, have come together to issue an open letter to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education asking him to revoke his proposed 50% cuts in subsidy support to arts subjects across higher education.

Making news headlines this morning, an article published by The Guardian reads:

“The cuts will come from an overall teaching budget of £1.47bn, with a student on an affected course seeing their funding fall from £243 to £121.50. Signatories of the letter and other opponents of the proposal, including musician Jarvis Cocker, have said that will deter those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and leave arts subjects as the preserve of wealthy students”

The letter is part of the nationwide #ArtIsEssential campaign, you can read the letter in full on the campaign website: www.artisessential.art.

#SaveArtsEducation

Open Letter: www.artisessential.art/open-letter

The Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/12/tragic-misstep-arts-education-cuts-risk-uk-cultural-leadership-government-told

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