Arts Question Time

I was on a panel of an arts equivalent to Question Time last night.  It’s a new formula, possibly a one-off, intended to raise issues connected to the arts before the election and to coincide with the BBC’s campaign to encourage creativity (Get Creative).   I had never done a programme involving a studio audience.   What struck me was how articulate, well informed and vehement the audience was about a whole range of public and cultural issues, including the low wage economy in the arts, the strike at the National Gallery (how do they know so much about this ?), the operation of the Arts Council, the bias towards the capital in arts funding, the reduction in drama teaching in schools, and the disastrous consequences of high tuition fees in arts education.   Kirsty Wark chaired it brilliantly.   It goes out on screen on Sunday.

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