Cultural Leaders in the North East Add Voice to National Debate on Funding Cuts

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GATESHEAD.- Today, leaders of some of the North East’s principal, building based, arts organisations and prominent artists from the region voiced their concerns about the impact of deep or hasty cuts to the arts budget, warning that a hard won sense of place and confidence could be put at risk. Cultural venues across the North East have powerfully demonstrated that working in partnership with artists of international standing makes a tangible difference to the communities in which they work. From the transformative power of Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North, to the investment which has been made in the international quality of new and refurbished cultural facilities, this region has ensured that culture creates pride, confidence and genuine regeneration. Between the 10 principal cultural venues in NewcastleGateshead, at least £4 is generated for every £1 of public subsidy received – this economic impact represents almost 2000 jobs and the very substantial contr