“Importantly, we know this is only a one-year settlement and none of us want to be back here in 10 months.”
In December, Cardiff Council had announced a budget cut of £641,000 to arts and culture as a part of the savings proposal.
Artists and residents are petitioning the Council to stop the cuts, claiming that they will have a negative impact economy and tourism of the city. More than 6,000 people signed a petition urging the government to roll back the cuts. On 6 February,nearly 500 people marched in the City Centre to raise public awareness.
The Council had also invited suggestions from the citizens, which revealed that 40.9% of respondents disagreed the reduction in community arts grant compared to 38.9% who agreed. There was more of a consensus on the cuts for other fields.
Reflecting on these responses, the Cabinet withdrew a part of cut for institutions that organise international competition and exhibition.
But institutions like Arts Active – considered important for community in providing education and audience engagement projects – continue to face budget cuts.
Councillor Peter Bradbury, the Cabinet member of Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, said at a Economy and Culture Scrutiny Committee meeting, “Those things are vitally important to cultural community in Cardiff. We all keep trying to same level alternative services as close as possible.”
A resident who attended the Committee meeting said, “It’s not only about money [but] the attitude of the Council to art and culture.”
Ms Drane says: “The council should see us as a force for good, an asset to be mobilised.
“Our medium-term aim is a more collaborative approach to investing in the arts in Cardiff, with a better relationship defined between the arts and cultural sector and the council.”
The budget for 2016/17 will be discussed during the Council meeting on 25 February.