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State support of artists: The case of the United Kingdom in a new labour environment and beyond

Alexander, VD (2007) State support of artists: The case of the United Kingdom in a new labour environment and beyond JOURNAL OF ARTS MANAGEMENT LAW AND SOCIETY, 37 (3). pp. 185-200.

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Abstract

This article discusses state support of artists in the United Kingdom, focusing on the Arts Council England. To understand the present - or the future - support of visual artists, one needs to understand the past. Accordingly, the article begins with a brief history of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1946, discussing Thatcher's reforms after the 1979 election. Tony Blair's New Labour continued many of the same strategies instituted by the Conservatives. At the same time as fiscal constraints and "enterprise culture" were imposed, the mission of the Arts Council was broadened to include both geographical representation and a more populist agenda. A review of the contemporary arrangements for state support of artists in the United Kingdom shows that many of the tensions that exist within today's Arts Council were institutionalized in its early days. The article concludes with a comment on what the current situation may portend for the future. Copyright

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Alexander, VDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 September 2007
Identification Number : 10.3200/JAML.37.3.185-200
Uncontrolled Keywords : Arts & Humanities, Humanities, Multidisciplinary, Arts & Humanities - Other Topics, Arts Council of England, cultural policy, state funding of the arts, United Kingdom, visual arts
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Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in JOURNAL OF ARTS MANAGEMENT LAW AND SOCIETY, September 2007, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.3200/JAML.37.3.185-200
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 18 Jul 2014 14:52
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2014 01:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/787218

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