Arts Council England names Index a sector support organisation
27 Jun 2017

Index on Censorship is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by Arts Council England for the next four years to support its work tackling censorship and self-censorship in the arts.

The funding — £172,488 over four years — will help Index provide and disseminate information and expertise to arts and cultural organisations so they are better able to deal with issues around controversial and sensitive art.

“Index on Censorship is a strong voice for the arts and culture sector and is uniquely placed to offer guidance and support on issues of censorship nationally across all artforms, including museums, galleries and archives,” Arts Council England wrote in its assessment. “There is plentiful evidence of national and international demand for Index on Censorship’s work.”

Index on Censorship is a strong voice for the arts and culture sector and is uniquely placed to offer guidance and support on issues of censorship nationally

Index’s work on the arts in the UK includes a series of guidelines on free expression and the law in England and Wales: Art and Offence. The guidelines on art and public order have been distributed to every police force in the country.

Index is one of 58 group funded under a new Arts Council England new category: sector support organisations, which provide support services to the sector rather than produce or deliver art and culture.

“A risk-averse culture militates against artistic excellence,” said Index on Censorship chief executive Jodie Ginsberg. “Arts and cultural organisations – and individual artists – need information and confidence to deal with controversial issues address and we aim to provide that through our work. We’re excited that the Arts Council England has recognised the importance of defending and celebrating free expression as a way of supporting a vibrant arts and culture sector.”

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