25 April 2007

When should an artist receive public money? What are the responsibilities of a publicly funded arts organisation? These are just a couple of the questions Arts Council England want you to think about as they take the great arts debate into the streets.

Arts Council England launched the arts debate, its first ever public inquiry last November. It's designed to find out how much people value the arts and the role they play in our lives.Having talked to groups of people across the country - with varying levels of involvement in the arts - arts organisations and artists, the great arts debate wants you to discuss topics like the role of educations within the arts, identity, diversity and organisations like FACT, funded through Arts Council England.

The arts debate is supported by a panel of external advisors. Panel member Dame Suzi Leather describes this as, "A wonderful opportunity for people everywhere to join a fresh debate about the role of arts in our lives."