Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Guild adds voice to Arts Council of Wales protests

The Writers'’ Guild of Great Britain has called on Welsh Culture Minister Alan Pugh to reconsider his decision not to reappoint Geraint Talfan Davies as Chairman of the Arts Council of Wales.

In a letter to the Minister the Guild warned that independence and arm's-length principles are vital to a healthy arts culture and to safeguarding artistic freedom of expression. The Guild praised Mr Davies for making the ACW "“a far more open and democratically accountable body".

BBC News has more background on the story, and The Stage reports on Mr Pugh's response.

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