Country "terrifyingly complacent about the quality of the professional art s"

3rd October 1997 at 01:00
* The country is "terrifyingly complacent about the quality of the professional arts", said Lord Puttnam in the annual Arts Council report, published last week.

"Unless Government, private sponsors and arts organisations themselves tackle this issue with real determination, we will slide inexorably towards a situation in which income rather than ability becomes the deciding factor for anyone choosing a career in the arts."

And there was still a huge imbalance in people's access to the arts across the country. An informed and national audience was the only sure foundation for the vitality of the sector with schoolchildren playing an essential role, said Lord Puttnam.

But the arts had been squeezed to the fringes of the national curriculum; the infrastructure of support for quality music and drama teaching had been all but wiped out in some parts of the country; and training was in a mess.

These were vital issues as it was finally becoming accepted that the arts were more than just about jobs, prizes or national prestige. "They go to the heart of what a civilised society is, or hopes to be."

Annual report 19967, The Arts Council of England, 14 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 3QN.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now