The saga concerning the withdrawal of funds by the Arts Council for some 188 Arts organisations, including several organisations of Disabled people, continues. Following protests from several heavyweights of the UK Theatre scene, including Kevin Spacey, Judy Dench, Ian McKellon, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard, the Arts Council have decided to reconsider some of the proposed cuts - but not unfortunately those concerning Disabled people (why are we not surprised?! - Ed).
One of the groups given an unconditional reprieve is Rideout, the organisation for the rehabilitation of prisoners through arts, which would seem to give a mixed message to those artists who try to stay on the straight and narrow. However, Crippen has the answer, or so it seems. Although does it still count when those wheelchair users who were arrested on DAN actions, were freed almost immediately when it was discovered that the custody suites at the various police stations weren’t accessible?! It’s worth a try anyway … And don't forget, you can comment on this, or any other Crippen cartoon in the comments section below.
This cartoon is linked to our Editor’s blog and relates to the devastating cuts in Arts Council funding for 2008. This has a direct impact on both the National Disability Arts Forum (NDAF) and the London Disability Arts Forum (LDAF) who, subject to appeal, will close in April.
Colin Hambrook sums it up far more eloquently in his blog (just click on the blogs link across on the right to find the link for the Editor’s blog ). Don´t forget, you can have your say about any of the issues portrayed by Crippen by scrolling down to the comments box at the end.
This cartoon relates to the Independent Living Bill which is currently going through Parliament, ably promoted by Jack Asley and Jane Campbell. Crippen pulled the idea for this cartoon from Jane’s speech in the House of Lords before Christmas. A lot of Jane's own experiences as a Disabled person, and those of other people she has contact with, were included in her speech. This ensured that those members who were listening, related it directly to the lives of Disabled people and allowed it through without opposition.