Statement on Cardiff Council's proposed budget cuts to the arts

Posted on: 19 Jan 2016

As a dynamic multi-artform arts centre Chapter is proud to have been part of Cardiff’s rich cultural tapestry for 45 years. We believe the provision of a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences for this city's citizens helps to create a place where we all want to live, work and play.

Cardiff Council is proposing to reduce its funding for the arts and culture by more than £700,000, through a package of measures that include cutting their funding to internationally renowned arts programmes such as Cardiff Singer of the World, Artes Mundi and Cardiff Contemporary as well as the removal of £430,000 from arts venues across the city. They also propose removing the £68,000 arts grants budget for organisations and withdrawing funding from Arts Active who deliver St David's Hall outreach and education programme.

Whilst we understand the pressures placed on the council to make savings, we are opposed to these proposed cuts as we believe that the arts play a vital role in Cardiff. We see on a day-to-day basis the positive impact that the arts have on the communities that make up our city – from children attending music classes to free talks for students in the gallery; from film experiences in Castell Coch to our annual Art Car Bootique that attracts 11,000 visitors in one day and supports more than 70 local makers, performers and artists. On an international level, the vibrant arts scene in Cardiff has a positive impact on the local economy and tourism in Wales, not least because of programmes such as Artes Mundi, Cardiff Contemporary and Cardiff Singer of the World, which attract an international audience.

To read more about the Council’s cuts, please see their website: click here

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