BADA welcomes Culture White Paper

Posted: 2016-03-29 09:25:27

Following Wednesday’s launch of the Culture White Paper, BADA, (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) has welcomed the government’s new strategy for arts and culture, and pledged to support DCMS in their proposals to provide greater access to culture for everyone.
 
Under plans announced by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP, the government aims to put arts “at the heart of everyday life”, inspiring children from all backgrounds and ensuring that they can “access and enjoy the UK’s incredible arts and culture.”
 
The paper, which Vaizey describes as Britain’s first strategy for arts and culture in over 50 years, will also include plans to open a virtual Commercial Academy for Culture, to boost commercial expertise in the sector, the launch of a Great Place Scheme to make culture a core part of local plans, and the creation of a £30m Cultural Protection Fund to support protection of cultural heritage in overseas conflict zones.
 
Following the White Paper’s announcement on Wednesday, Marco Forgione, BADA CEO said: “I welcome the government’s commitment to the arts and cultural sector and am keen to support them in delivering their strategy. 
 
“We will be putting together a formal proposal to Ed Vaizey MP to ensure the recognition, engagement and participation of the Art & Antiques community in this initiative, as I believe it is essential that we continue to educate, inform and engage with new audiences about the value, aesthetic quality and incredible heritage of the UK’s makers, artists and the finest quality objects.
 
“BADA members are recognised internationally for their knowledge, insight and expertise. Many BADA members have been instrumental in the development of some of the world’s leading museum and private collections.
 
“Culture can play an important part in everyone’s lives and we have a duty to engage with new audiences about the value and integrity of outstanding pieces of art and antiques, and their currency and relevance for modern lifestyles and settings.”
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