Public Debate: Arts Funding Cuts on Merseyside – What Happens Now?

Monday, 11  April 2011 16-18.00 in Gallery 2 at the FACT Centre

As part of the Insurrection project taking place at the FACT Centre during April, the Nerve magazine (   are staging a public debate  on the reduction, or total withdrawal, of arts funding  imposed on many organisations based on Merseyside by Arts Council England, local authorities and various funding bodies, as a result of the public spending cuts imposed by the Coalition Government.

Issues to be raised include:-

* Three years after Liverpool staged the European Capital Of Culture, the landscape of the grassroots arts sector in the city looks set to be significantly diminished. Can those directly affected be able to survive as viable organisations?

* What are the future prospects of grassroots arts organisations?  One arts commentator has described the future  as “cultural apartheid”.  Is that too damning a statement?

* Do grassroots arts organisations rely too much on public funding?

* Are there any alternatives to direct funding available for arts organisations? Corporate backing? Patronage? Commercial enterprise? Becoming self sufficient?

* Devising a way forward for grassroots arts organsations and artists to generate their own funding.

* Prepare the case for better public arts funding when conditions allow.

* Abolish funding being doled out by one body ie. ACE,  altogether and instead create an open market for arts? For example, funding that is decided upon by the taxpayer (by way of tax credits) direct.

* How transparent are Arts Council England  in the way funding is allocated?

The panel to debate these issues, chaired by Gayna Perry (Strange Attractors) includes Liz Carlisle (Urban Strawberry Lunch), Maureen Bampton (Bluecoat Display Centre) , Fiona Dunn (The Gallery Liverpool), Rachael Boden (Splinter Design) , and freelance artists Barbara Jones and  Arthur Roberts.

The debate will take place on Monday, 11  April in Gallery 2 at the FACT Centre at Wood Street, Liverpool city centre, running from 4pm to 6pm.

Free Admission

For further details about the debate contact Nerve Art Editor Colin Serjent
077 5952 5075 or email:


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