Voxpop: Should we subsidise the arts?

The arts have been flourishing in Cardiff but, with further spending cuts in the pipeline, they could be set to suffer.

Where for art thou founding Romeo? Welsh arts look set for cuts

Where for art thou funding Romeo? The arts in Wales face big cuts

The Welsh government has recently announced further reductions to the Arts Council of Wales (AWC) budget. As well as this period’s mid-year cut of £300k, AWC’s 2015/16 budget is to decrease by around £950k.

Resultantly, AWC has reportedly indicated that it’s highly likely that it will have to trim its portfolio, with a greater reliance on income generation. But if art is being produced with a focus on profit, does it not lose some of its purpose and power?  

With the burgeoning Cardiff Contemporary festival in full swing, we took to the streets to gauge public opinion on the question of arts funding.

Photos by Tom Carter