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- Gaberones,Botswana, 26 MayThere is absolutely nothing wrong with government taking an interest in the arts. In fact it must be applauded. But the artists of this county want consideration of the establishment of a national arts council that is not a child of the ministry of culture.
The truth is that the leaner arts council had grown apart from the artists and organisations it funds, many of whom report little or no contact with their funders from year to year.
An essay by Richard Holloway exploring the relationship between the artist and the state.
A federal bill that would revoke tax credits for films deemed inappropriate by the government will open a 'Pandora's Box of censorship' that could see controversial ideas snuffed out across the arts.
The British way of running the arts has fallen into terminal disarray. The thin blue Keynesian line that held politics apart from the arts has been eradicated under New Labour.
The new legislation also dispenses with the much-lauded "arms length" principle which prevented culture ministers interfering with the artistic decisions of arts organisations.