Bath 100% arts cuts ‘unforgivable assault’

Bath is to cut all its funding for small arts projects to save upwards of £100,000 a year, the city council has decided, blaming reductions in central government funding.

The decision was met by immediate protests, and an online petition has gathered more than 1,000 signatures.

Meanwhile, Equity, the actors’ union, has called on culture secretary Karen Bradley to ‘urgently intervene’ following 1the Bath decision. Equity’s deputy general secretary Stephen Spence described the cuts as “an act of cultural vandalism”, predicting “a new dark age for arts and culture in the region”.

Bristol City Council was due to decide on its arts budget this week, tabling a 40% cut with £190,000 by 2020.

“The cities of Bath and Bristol have been profoundly associated with producing world-class for theatre for well over two centuries” the actor Timothy West said. “These proposed savage cuts to their arts funding are an unforgivable assault on the social and cultural life for which both cities are justly valued.”

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