I don’t normally write letters to the Times, but was encouraged to yesterday. This is the text (I don’t think it has been edited):-
In the week that the Royal Academy opens a new building dedicated to Britain’s achievements in the arts, I write in support of Alice Thomson’s article about the decline in all forms of art teaching in Schools. This is an issue about which all Royal Academicians are united in deploring: the loss of visual skills; the importance of creativity; the role of the imagination; and the ways in which the arts have been a vehicle for social mobility. The government is going in the wrong direction.