These pieces seek to initiate and / or contribute to debates about the UK’s public policies in support of the visual arts. The Party Political Manifesto of each successful party elected during the three decades covered is criticised and reviewed, with suggestions and arguments being advanced for improvements to legislation, funding or policy.
There is a consistency of approach in these pieces, repeatedly arguing for such reforms as: the introduction of artists’ statutory moral rights (achieved in 1988); the introduction of legislation giving artists a right to a share of the profits of the resale of their works – artists resale rights (achieved in 2006); artists’ public exhibition payments (voluntarily introduced by some publicly-funded galleries); the introduction of ‘% for art’ legislation – to promote the integration and commissioning of art and architecture in public places; and the need for common EU cultural policies.
On June 10, the newly-elected Government will begin to plan its legislative programme for the next five years. In 1979 this column reported the current state of play in relation to the possible legisl… Continue Reading New Administration: Reforms and Innovations