Arts Council England's crackdown on political statements

A policy update from the funding body has sparked a row over artistic expression

A visitor views artwork at the Revolting Artists exhibition in Weymouth, England
A visitor views artwork at the Revolting Artists exhibition in Weymouth, England
(Image credit: Finnbarr Webster / Getty Images)

An Arts Council England (ACE) warning that "political statements" by artists could break funding agreements has been criticised as akin to censorship. 

In an update to ACE's "relationship framework" policies made in January, the new guidelines warned that organisations receiving ACE support that make "overtly political or activist" statements might create "reputational risk" and endanger their funding arrangements.

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