Art Council England Funding (1)

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There have been calls for a rebalancing of Arts Council funding away from London to the rest of the country. The case needs to be made that Londoners have lower levels of cultural participation than the rest of the country, and there is a wide variation between boroughs across the capital. In 2007, the Mayor of London was given powers to appoint members of the London Regional Council of Arts Council England. What representations have you instructed these Members to make in regard to these ongoing discussions at Arts Council England?


Answer for Art Council England Funding (1)

Answer for Art Council England Funding (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree this is an area of concern. London is at the heart of a national cultural ecosystem and creating division by arguing over limited resources is damaging as it is not a zero sum game.

  I have appointed my Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, Munira Mirza to the London Regional Council of Arts Council England.  Munira has met with all members of the Culture Media and Sport Committee to brief them on the importance of maintaining funding for London's arts organisations.  She also presented oral evidence at the CMS select committee hearing into the work of the Arts Council including references to London having the lowest levels of cultural participation in London. Munira has written to the Chief Executive of the Arts Council, Darren Henley, to reiterate our position. She has written an article in the Evening Standard emphasizing how growth of the arts in London has helped cities and towns in the rest of the UK, fuelling co-productions, touring, new talent and audiences all around the country.

All members appointed to the Regional Council, including those appointed by me, are addressing the funding challenges facing London's cultural sector as a priority.