So I read the Warwick Commission report with a growing sense of ire. And not just about the findings which were mostly familiarly depressing. But also about the astoundingly England-only reference. The report makes ONE passing reference to Scotland and Wales, and (apart from on consultee in New Zealand!) not a single consultee was from outside England.
How can this report be respected and embraced from those of us working in the UK but not in England? I think it’s an astonishing oversight or perhaps a deliberate decision. Either way, the report fails to represent large parts of the UK with arguably greater issues and barriers to engagement.
I’ve become used to the lazy use of ‘Arts Council’ in UK discussions (meaning ACE) but for such a major report as this to ignore anything happening beyond England is truly disappointing.