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Cutting the arts? A ‘disaster’ and a shame, says McQueen

Film director Steve McQueen has warned about cuts arts subjects in schools

“By cutting [arts] education, you cut off the idea of people being inventive and being creative in areas like engineering and science. It’s about possibilities – not about following something A , B and C – but it’s about saying ‘what if?’ and having a base in a creative practice.

“We have so many great artists and great thinkers and inventors in this country and it has come through the idea of a sense of possibility, and arts education gives you that sense of possibility.

“The two leading people in contemporary arts today – Damien Hirst and [the late] Alexander McQueen – who have made ...

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