Welsh Hollywood star Michael Sheen joins fight for Newport art shows

South Wales Argus: SUPPORT: Newport-born Welsh Hollywood star Michael Sheen has joined the fight to keep Newport Art Gallery’s temporary exhibition programme SUPPORT: Newport-born Welsh Hollywood star Michael Sheen has joined the fight to keep Newport Art Gallery’s temporary exhibition programme

HOLLYWOOD star Michael Sheen has thrown his weight behind the fight to save Newport Art Gallery’s temporary exhibitions.

A statement from Newport-born Mr Sheen, who opened the new Chartist exhibition at the gallery in 2012, said: “I am hugely disturbed to hear of the plans to close Newport Art Gallery’s temporary exhibition programme.

“Not only because of what that would mean to the numerous home-grown artists who would lose precious, and in many cases the first significant exposure of their work, as well as the thousands of visiting people to the area who would lose the opportunity to discover and enjoy this valuable programme, but also because of what it suggests about the future plans for funding of the art gallery and the museum.

“This is perilously dangerous for not only artists at work today, both established and emerging, but also for a new generation of young people growing up starved of the inspiration and vision that exposure to art can bring.”

His comments come as protesters fighting to save the exhibitions say they have now received more than 1,000 petition signatures.

A council statement on the decision, which has already been made, said: “The temporary exhibitions programme in the art gallery until recently was largely funded through the Arts Council Wales.

“However, this guaranteed funding ended and since then grant funding is awarded on a project-by-project basis.

“Ending the temporary exhibitions would provide the opportunity to display work from the permanent art collections on a regular basis.

“It is also being proposed to merge the events and arts development budgets and reduce the total expenditure by £150,000.”

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8:24pm Mon 11 Feb 13

savenewportart says...

The Council are shutting down Newport Art Gallery's Temporary Exhibitions Programme to make a saving of £40,000. It's been running for over 40 years. We've started a petition to try and stop the Council scrapping it here:

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Newport Museum and Art Gallery brings in 28,000 people a year to the city bringing in much needed revenue to an impoverished city. There are more empty shops and derelict properties in Newport than anywhere else in Wales. Not only do the Council want a shop free high street but they want no cultural activities to exist in the city.

We have heard the the Council also plans to close the Art Gallery, Library and Museum in John Frost Square to make way for a shopping mall.

Why is no one objecting to their plans? Please join our campaign to stop them and write to your MP and local councillor. If there are no complaints they will do what they want.
The Council are shutting down Newport Art Gallery's Temporary Exhibitions Programme to make a saving of £40,000. It's been running for over 40 years. We've started a petition to try and stop the Council scrapping it here: http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/ne wport-city-council-s ave-newport-art-gall ery-s-temporary-exhi bitions-programme Newport Museum and Art Gallery brings in 28,000 people a year to the city bringing in much needed revenue to an impoverished city. There are more empty shops and derelict properties in Newport than anywhere else in Wales. Not only do the Council want a shop free high street but they want no cultural activities to exist in the city. We have heard the the Council also plans to close the Art Gallery, Library and Museum in John Frost Square to make way for a shopping mall. Why is no one objecting to their plans? Please join our campaign to stop them and write to your MP and local councillor. If there are no complaints they will do what they want. savenewportart
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8:27pm Mon 11 Feb 13

savenewportart says...

Here is entire quote from Michael Sheen. The Argus only quoted a small section:

"I am hugely disturbed to hear of the plans to close Newport Art Gallery's Temporary Exhibition Programme. Not only because of what that would mean to the numerous homegrown artists who would lose precious, and in many cases the first significant exposure for their work, as well as the thousands of visiting people to the area who would lose the opportunity to discover and enjoy this valuable Programme, but also because of what it suggests about the future plans for funding of the Art Gallery and the entire Museum itself. I am especially disturbed by the lack of information and openness to the public about why these cuts are happening and that we the public have no opportunity to be a part of this discussion or have any influence on the decisions that are being taken by those who purport to be representing our interests. The importance of culture and the relationship between the Arts and the health of our society is all too often alarmingly misunderstood and at worst completely ignored. This is perilously dangerous for not only artists at work today, both established and emerging, but also for a new generation of young people growing up starved of the inspiration and vision that exposure to art can bring. How can we create a better, more compassionate, more just tomorrow, if we are robbed of the vision for such things that art engenders, today?"
Here is entire quote from Michael Sheen. The Argus only quoted a small section: "I am hugely disturbed to hear of the plans to close Newport Art Gallery's Temporary Exhibition Programme. Not only because of what that would mean to the numerous homegrown artists who would lose precious, and in many cases the first significant exposure for their work, as well as the thousands of visiting people to the area who would lose the opportunity to discover and enjoy this valuable Programme, but also because of what it suggests about the future plans for funding of the Art Gallery and the entire Museum itself. I am especially disturbed by the lack of information and openness to the public about why these cuts are happening and that we the public have no opportunity to be a part of this discussion or have any influence on the decisions that are being taken by those who purport to be representing our interests. The importance of culture and the relationship between the Arts and the health of our society is all too often alarmingly misunderstood and at worst completely ignored. This is perilously dangerous for not only artists at work today, both established and emerging, but also for a new generation of young people growing up starved of the inspiration and vision that exposure to art can bring. How can we create a better, more compassionate, more just tomorrow, if we are robbed of the vision for such things that art engenders, today?" savenewportart
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