Nottingham City Council – I oppose the 37% cut

Nottingham City Council is proposing a 37% cut to local funding of five major arts organisations: Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, City Arts and New Art Exchange.
At a time when these organisations are already contending with the severe financial impacts of the pandemic, this cut is too much, too quickly.
The organisations have counter-proposed a cut of 15% instead, recognising the financial pressures on Nottingham City Council. You can help make a difference by backing the cultural organisations, and opposing the 37% cut.

Tell the Council

Please complete Nottingham City Council’s feedback survey, following our suggested guidelines below. This should only take a few minutes.

In the first box marked ‘Proposal’, please write “Reduction in external grants to cultural partners” and then add your comments.

Click the arrows at the bottom until you can ‘Submit’ your comments. The deadline is Sunday 28 February.

Personal stories about these organisations are strongest but if you’d prefer, below are some possible responses…


  • I urge Nottingham City Council to reconsider this cut and re-evaluate what these cultural organisations can bring to the city, and how vital they will be in Nottingham’s cultural, economic and social recovery post-pandemic.
  • These five organisations will be crucial to Nottingham City Council’s own future plans, especially the recently formed Nottingham Project with its focus on culture and the many benefits it offers. The City Council needs these cultural organisations in order to achieve this vision.
  • Culture is important in helping everyone in our community. City Arts organises activities for the public and particular groups like care home residents and vulnerable young people. Nottingham Unesco City of Literature has done incredible work to develop the writing talent of Nottingham, especially with their Young City Reads project which inspired young people across the city to read and write for pleasure. We need schemes like these to bring our communities together again.
  • At a time when education has been so severely disrupted, these organisations can help people to grow their talent in the future. Each year 23,000 people take part in the learning opportunities that Nottingham Contemporary offer for free. Nottingham Playhouse’s pantomime was watched by students at 69 different schools and many young people learn so much through their Shine theatre group initiative. These chances to learn and grow should be protected.
  • An organisation like New Art Exchange is crucial to developing diverse artistic voices across the city. At a time when it is so important to develop artists from under-represented backgrounds, New Art Exchange is a pioneer in its field and should be supported in its vital mission of stimulating new perspectives.
  • These organisations help to put Nottingham on the map. New Art Exchange has had work displayed at the Tate Britain, Turner Contemporary and around the world. Nottingham Playhouse has produced shows such as 1984 and The Kite Runner which have toured nationally, transferred to the West End and to Broadway. Its production of The Madness of George III was watched by 370,000 people through NT Live. These organisations help give Nottingham the national and international recognition it deserves. Everything should be done to preserve this.

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