Chancellor George Osbourne announced his Comprehensive Spending Review back in October, with the public sector being one of the hardest hit. The arts, particularly, is one sector that is buckling under the pressure as massive cuts are made across the UK.
Fortunately, this month has seen the launch of Cut Magazine Campaign by art and design studio Unlucky Bear, which champions the notion of not cutting funding for the arts.
Mark Brereton, founder of Unlucky Bear explains, ‘The campaign aims to raise awareness of this issue [art cuts], plus debate the cuts and decisions made by policy-makers across the UK.’
Each month, for the next 12 months, a design or art magazine will be chosen and cut to obscure the content, so the reader can’t view it fully.
‘This concept plays with the theme – Cutting Arts Makes No Sense,’ says Brereton.
Along with the defaced magazine, the recipient will receive a letter explaining the project and highlighting the benefits of saving the arts and each individual cause each month. For example, Brereton points out that The Arts Depot based in Barnet are under threat of major cuts to the funding of its art, theatre and dance programmes and gallery.
In December 2011, a final Cut Magazine will showcase the findings from the previous months, recapturing the interesting stories that occur throughout the campaign in a more legible format – reaffirming the cause of ‘no more cuts’.
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