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Subject:

Petition against UK restrictions on artists & academics

From:

Andreas Broeckmann <[log in to unmask]>

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Andreas Broeckmann <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 3 Mar 2009 10:38:18 +0100

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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 
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/feb/22/immigration-arts-gormley>http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/feb/22/immigration-arts-gormley
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:

<http://www.petitiononline.com/MCvisit/petition.html>http://www.petitiononline.com/MCvisit/petition.html



To read testimonials about how these new regulations have already 
began to affect art practice in the UK:

<http://www.manifestoclub.com/visitingartists>http://www.manifestoclub.com/visitingartists

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