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The Voice article on Brexit and the arts

August 18, 2016

I recently spoke to The Voice about Brexit and what the outcome of the EU referendum means for arts and the creative industries. You can read the article - Brexit: What Does It Mean For The Arts - here


I said:


"Brexit is devastating for our creative industries and arts sector in terms of lost funding from European agencies.


"There is a huge amount of talent we are turning our backs on and there is a cloud of uncertainty that now hangs over so many of our international partnerships and collaborations. BAME people are already hugely under-represented across the creative industries, and I am very concerned that in these hard times BAME people will be the last to be hired and the first to be fired. Britain’s position as a creative powerhouse and a world-leading hub is built on our huge cultural diversity, a diversity that may be difficult to maintain in a post-Brexit world.


“I am hugely proud of this diversity but there is no doubt it is under threat by the ‘regain control over our borders’ mentality and anti-immigrant sentiment that has taken control since Brexit". 




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