Saturday, 11 April 2015

SERTUC "Future of the arts & culture" Conference - Film Out Now!

Dear Friend,

Tim Newton's film of the SERTUC conference which launched the "show culture some love campaign" is out today! You can see it here:

As part of this campaign, we are asking our supporters to contact the candidates who are standing for election to parliament in their constituency. The aim is to ask them to support the pledges unanimously agreed at our conference on "the future of arts & culture" held on 14 March 2015.

(1) to protect and expand public funding for arts & culture

(2) to make sure public funding for arts & culture meets the condition of minimum standards of pay and employment

(3) to ensure transparency of any sponsorship in arts & culture and to promote ethical policies in cultural institutions

(4) to promote democratic accountability in publicly funded cultural bodies and investigate corporate interests present on governing bodies

(5) to ensure the funding and promote the role of art education in society, including free access to education

(6) to tackle inequalities of access to arts & culture and its funding and to develop a socially progressive arts policy

You can identify who the candidates are from the "Your Next MP" website, ( They can be found either by selecting from a list of constituencies or by using your postcode. Once you have found the candidates for your constituency, you can obtain an email address by clicking on the name of each candidate.
This is an important initiative in the campaign to protect arts budgets and make the case for greater investment. The more emails that candidates receive, the more pressure is exerted upon them to support our demands.
We would be grateful, therefore, for your help to promote the campaign in whatever way you are able to - for example, using social media, including an item on a website (where appropriate), forwarding on this email to friends and contacts., etc.

You may also wish to note that the "show culture some love campaign" now has its own Facebook page - at:

Again, we would be grateful if you could sign up to "like" this page - and encourage others to do likewise.
There is also a Twitter account: @ShowCultureLove

With thanks for all your help - and we hope you enjoy the film!

With best wishes,


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