One year ago, a group of volunteers launched the Public Campaign for the Arts to support UK culture through the coronavirus pandemic.
Now we are the largest arts advocacy organisation in the country, with over 220,000 supporters nationwide.
We have united people from across the UK to reaffirm the value of the arts. Here’s how.
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We created a video platform for people to champion the value of art and culture in our communities.
150,000 people signed our petition and letter to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak; 2,000 people wrote to their MPs through our platform and thousands more joined our Twitter action to the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden.
The Government responded to nationwide pressure with the unprecedented £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund. 🎉
We consulted with the arts industries to publish ‘10 next steps for the arts in the UK’. It reached over 50,000 people, and helped to raise awareness of ongoing issues around social distancing, insurance and threats to the workforce.
We launched the Arts Map – a new digital platform for anyone to check the status of arts venues near them, and to offer support. In collaboration with Spun Glass Theatre, we created listings for over 1,200 arts organisations across the UK.
We mobilised over 10,000 people to urge the Government to protect funding for the arts in the Spending Review.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport received an uplift of 5.2%.
We responded to the second national lockdown in England with renewed warnings about the threats to art and culture, receiving coverage on media outlets including BBC News.
We mobilised over 16,000 people to lobby the Government over visa and work permit issues restricting artists after Brexit.
Millions of people watched stories from our video demonstration on BBC One, in Alan Yentob’s documentary imagine…we’ll be back.
This endorsed the value of our Campaign in delivering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, and introduced us to a new, prime-time national audience.
We won a big victory in our first local campaign, mobilising PCA supporters in Nottingham to stop a 37% cut in local funding of arts organisations. Of the 3,659 hits we delivered to the Council’s budget consultation, around two thirds were about their planned cut to the arts. 🎉
We began our second local campaign in Basingstoke and Deane, where the Council plans to impose a massive 50% cut to Hampshire’s largest performing arts organisation. Over 8,700 people have backed our petition against it. Watch this space.
Over 165,000 people signed our petition against planned cuts to arts subjects at higher education level in England. Over 14,000 people accessed our platform to respond to the Office for Students consultation directly. Our specially-commissioned YouGov poll further increased the pressure on Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. The OfS reports later this month.
We can do so much more together.
Our vision is of a thriving society in which everyone’s creative potential is unlocked, and the benefits of art and culture are available to all.