Monday, 19 December 2011

Oil smudges decision making?

STEP ONE: Check out the authors of this letter published by the Guardian on 11th December. 

We are writing to express our concern at the new parking policies which Westminster council are planning to introduce from January which will extend hours of parking control in the West End from 6.30pm to midnight from Monday to Saturday, and from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday. This is likely to have a serious impact on our visitors and audiences at a time when arts budgets are already being severely challenged by cuts in government spending. Westminster council states that these proposals are being introduced "on an experimental basis", and we call on them to reconsider policies which will have such a detrimental effect on the success of cultural organisations in Westminster and the economy of London in general.
John Berry Artistic director, English National OperaSandy Nairne Director, National Portrait GalleryTony Hall CEO, Royal Opera House,Ian Blatchford Science MuseumJulia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist Co-directors, Serpentine GalleryJulian Bird CEO, The Society of London TheatreNicholas Serota Director, TateMartin Roth Director, V&A

STEP 2: Compare the list of institutions I've put in bold above against today's news report from the BBC:

BP pledges £10m art sponsorship

Oil giant BP says it will continue to sponsor the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House and Tate Britain, pledging £10m over the next five years.

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