A £200 million national film centre. A permanent home for fashion shows in London. Funding for avant-garde film projects. A Davos-style arts and finance conference. These are among a range of commitments to the arts being set out by the Government next week.
Mark Borkowski, who works in public relations for arts and media organisations, said: “I find it extraordinary that they are looking for a gimmick after the Arts Council caused all that consternation. The whole creative universe is a many-headed hydra and to lump it together is not very creative — it seems very quango-esque. But it seems very interesting that he’s trying to get an initiative to win over the chattering classes in some of the most influential circles in the media.”