Frayling frayed — and flayed


Sir Christopher Frayling (apparently seen here in a still from Honey I Shrunk the Professor) leaves Arts Council England today after five years of “relentless venom”, culminating in last year’s revolt against the revised spending plan. You can read his valedictory interview here. It certainly raises the debate about the role of the arts in a collapsing economy, and highlights the need for a persuasive, fearless champion of funding in the tricky years ahead. After all, as this Guardian article points out, the UK’s greatest hopes for this year’s Oscars — and our most commercially successful films — depend almost entirely upon talent whose careers were built in the subsidised world.

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