Please circulate to anyone who may want to respond:
The Home Office recently introduced new restrictions on international
artists and academics visiting the UK for talks, temporary
exhibitions, concerts or artists' residencies. Visitors now have to
submit to a series of arduous and expensive procedures to get their
visa, and then more bureaucratic controls when they are in the UK.
Already a series of concerts and residencies have been cancelled.
The Manifesto Club is coordinating a campaign against these
regulations. The campaign is led by Manick Govinda, artists' adviser
at Artsadmin, and has won support from artists, musicians, gallery
directors, academics and students. Together we call for these
parochial and suspicious regulations to be reconsidered, and affirm
the vital contribution made by global artists and scholars to UK
cultural and intellectual life.
The petition was launched with a letter in the Observer
signed by high-profile arts figures including artist Antony Gormley,
Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, and Nicholas
Hytner, director of the Royal National Theatre.
Join the campaign and sign the petition here:
To read testimonials about how these new regulations have already
began to affect art practice in the UK: