Issue 278

Working with migrant communities

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How can the arts respond to the UK’s changing demographic? Tony Haynes calls for greater recognition for the work created for our local, diversely rich communities.

A fierce debate began late last year about the imbalance in arts provision between London and the regions, expressed largely in economic terms. This seemed to me to miss the point and lose the opportunity for a more creative, progressive debate: the imbalance is surely not so much geographic as demographic. And it is not just a matter of money, but the nature of the work funded.

To begin with, it is clearly false to suggest that all Londoners benefit from the £69 that is said to be...

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