Proposed Government funding cuts to the arts has led to a spirited defence from the creative sector.
Now a major Birmingham arts organisation has launched a poster campaign in support of the arts.
Eastside Projects – the artist-run public gallery based at Heath Mill Lane in Digbeth– has unveiled two striking new works by artist Mark Titchner
The Turner Prize-nominated artist’s challenging graphic images use bold slogans such as “Don’t let them destroy another British industry!” and “Cut us don’t kill us.”
Copies of the works are being displayed on a quarter of all available official city poster sites across Birmingham until October 26.
Geometric shapes, that are also magic symbols, have been included in the works by the London-based artist.
Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects, which is based in Digbeth, said that using magical symbols wasn’t frivolous.
Instead, it underlined how committed his organisation is to protecting the arts. He said: “I’m sure there are people out there who think the magic really will work.
" But the idea behind it is a very serious one. We’re saying that we’ll do whatever it takes to keep our beloved art world from being harmed.”
He added: “The art scene in Birmingham is thriving. In the last few years we have built up a lot of respect for this city and the creative community who work here. Now we have a worldwide reputation.
"Cuts will do major damage to everything we have built up here.”
* Mark Titchner’s work is part of a UK-wide campaign to save the arts. For more information visit www.savethearts.org.uk