A question was asked in a Short Debate in the House of Lords on Monday by Nicholas Trench concerning Government Support for Artists. Under his title The Earl of Clancarty, the practising artist and crossbench peer outlined the pressures facing artists such as low-pay, copyright and the cost of renting a studio. Arguing that “artists need reasonably permanent cheap spaces”, Acme was referred to as “the success story in London”. He went on to explain that: “The keys to that success are the long-term support and the fact that Acme has managed to buy its own buildings. But where that is not possible Section 106 agreements might be used by local authorities in areas where studio space is required, enabling continued employment use in buildings and a guaranteed 100% occupancy. This is something that the Government ought to be encouraging where it is appropriate to do so.”
Acme has successfully used Section 106 agreements to achieve permanent affordable studio space for artists in new-build developments in six London boroughs. It has long argued that local authorities and development agencies can do more to support fine artists through existing planning legislation.
The transcript of The Earl of Clancarty’s question and the government’s response can be found via Hansard: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201415/ldhansrd/text/150119-0002.htm#15011944000072