14/11/2014 by MrMattCP
Liz Hill at Arts Professional has written a really brilliant analysis of the ‘lies and damned lies’ on the contribution that touring activity by London-based arts organisations makes to the rest of England.
The argument stems from the London v regions ACE funding debate, which led to Boris Johnson stating that more than half of the London-based organisations regularly funded by Arts Council England spend 80% of their time outside the capital. Liz points out that in fact 80% of London-based organisations’ “toured activities” outside the capital – a huge discrepancy, and goes on to explore the numbers in much more detail. It’s an essential read, and really quite shocking that Boris’ comments have largely gone unchallenged elsewhere in the media.