Conservative controlled Somerset County Council ratified their decision to cut the entire Arts budget for 2011 at a meeting in Taunton in February. Fine Artistes and Friends were there to mark this act of vandalism.
We were dressed as a group of mourners who delivered an In Memoriam for the old friend we knew simply as "Art". He brought a lot of joy and smiles to peoples lives and didn't ask for much in return. That's just what he got of course - a mere 0.0004% or £159,000 of the total Council budget. This funded ten popular projects.
Expect to see more of this Philistine behaviour across the country as the criminal gang who call themselves "The Coalition" get their knives into the things that matter the most to us.
Somerset Film recorded the occasion and the local TV broadcast the event on the regional news programmes.
Photo Tim Martin
For a short film of the event made by Somerset Film please clink on this link