The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Criticism of the UK Government's funding policy

I have not had time to read this in its entirety, but here is a link to an article by John Tusa of the Barbican in London which criticises the UK Government's current funding policy as regards the arts. It raises some important issues, not least should the arts be 'forced' to justify the money spent on them unless they prove how important they are for general society? I know there is a lot of anger about how the arts are being made to fit in with government policy, not least because there is a lot of discomfort about what the aim of government policy is in encouraging more people to be exposed to culture.


And because it is Friday afternoon here is a picture of a pretty cat I used to know; he lives in the Isle of Man and is a rumpy because he has no tail at all. I am not sure if he has a name as he only used to come to my dad's house for a saucer of milk, but we assumed he was deaf because he never 'meowed' or responded to voices. He was the most amazing colour, I have never seen a cat quite the same.

4 comments:

Amy said...

Aw, he's lovely! I'll read the article later - too distracted by the pussy-woo at the moment.

This Friday catblogging thing could become a regular feature, methinks. Hmmm....

Ceri said...

I have no more pictures of cats on the 'puter but I do have a funny one of my old pet cat Tiger in a pram. Maybe I can get my mum to scan it and email it to me especially for the blog :)

Amy said...

That sounds great! I have literally hundreds of photos of my cats, so don't worry, we won't run out. ;)

Amy said...

Okay, I've read the article now. It reminds me of that comment that 'someone' said the other day in a lecture that the Treasury likes stats. This idea that you have to show arts, heritage, culture having some sort of a tangible effect which can then be translated into a monetary value (does that make sense?) allows the Government to appear that it is supporting arts and culture, even if a certain suspicion of their utility or purpose or social value perpetuates.