Arts Council England’s new Let’s Create strategy for the 2020s is a mish-mash of millennial political correctness and post-Brexit shakeout.
The former is represented by such levelling statements as ‘We do not believe that certain types or scales of creative activity are inherently better or of greater value than others: excellence can be found in village halls and concert halls…’
The latter points to more ‘diversity across the creative industries’, a fairer spread of resources around the regions, a lowering of barriers between official and unofficial art forms and a redefinition of the terms ‘art’ and ‘culture’.
Despite a token splutter in the Telegraph, none of this conflicts with the vaguely stated aims of Boris Britain for fewer dinosaurs, more enterprise, less stuffiness.
I’m broadly in favour of what I’ve read.
Some will be quaking in their boots.
Between the lines, I understand, what the report means is more money for deprived areas – mostly Midlands and North – and much less for the London opera houses and orchestras, which will be told to get off their £200 seats and raise more charitable funds.
Not a bad thing at all.
Sir Nicholas Serota, ACE chair