Save the Arts

12 September 2010 | By Cause4 staff

At long last the arts world gets its Superman in the form of David Shrigley. Shrigley has produced an animation ‘An Important Message About the Arts’ in which he seeks to demonstrate the importance of protecting the “vibrant arts culture in Britain that is the envy of the world” and which has taken fifty years to grow. The video can be seen at http://www.savethearts.org/ accompanied by an online petition. Shrigley’s campaign has received support from over 100 leading artists, such as David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Dellar and Antony Gormley.

The video animation itself has received mixed reviews. For some it is “beautiful”, whilst for others it is “patronising beyond belief”. Either way it is grabbing the public’s attention.

Cause4 believes that Shrigley’s illustration of the difficulties plaguing the arts is so far the only striking attempt to save the arts from cuts. Spare us, please, from some of the dreary, self-pitying complaining that can be forthcoming. The Arts are supposed to be leaders in skills and creativity and should therefore present their cuts messages as such. The Arts ought to be better placed than most to state their case. Shrigley has at last set the way.

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