Julie Ward MEP joined Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, Actor Sam West (pictured) and others for the launch of the Labour Arts Alliance in Manchester last week.
Labour Arts Alliance will make the case for the arts and campaign for the return of a Labour Government by:
- developing a national network of people in the arts and creative industries
- facilitating the sharing of objectives and best practice
- devising a strategy for the growth of the sector
- contributing policy ideas for the 2015 manifesto and beyond.
Harriet Harman said:
"It’s great to be launching Labour Arts Alliance here in Manchester, which is the centre of so much art and culture.
"The Arts are fundamental to what it is to be human. For each individual, for all our communities and for the British economy. That is why a future Labour Government would ensure the arts are for everyone, not just for some - with real focus on young people.
"Labour Arts Alliance will be an important new platform to bring together all those who care about the arts and who share our vision for a 21st century arts policy which delivers arts for all."
North West MEP Julie Ward, who is Labour's European Spokesperson for Arts & Culture, said:
"After a long career in the cultural sector I'm thrilled to now be Labour's Spokesperson on Arts & Culture in the European Parliament and to join Harriet Harman in launching the Labour Arts Alliance.
"The cultural sector is thriving here in the North West and plays a significant role in enriching communities, promoting regeneration, creating jobs, boosting tourism and attracting investment.
"The arts also play a big part in helping us live together in a more tolerant and peaceful way through multi-cultural participation and learning projects.
"Harriet is right to say that the arts are fundamental and I am proud of Labour's Arts policy and in particular, its focus on children and young people. I look forward to working with colleagues in Westminster and Brussels and partners across the sector to ensure the next Labour government is a true ally of the arts."
Julie and Harriet were speaking at “Art makes Children Powerful”, a panel event on Young People and the Arts hosted by Home and Southbank Centre on Saturday 21 September at Number 1 First Street. It was attended by representatives of arts organisations and arts stakeholders. Other Panel members were:
- Dave Moutrey, CEO, Home
- Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
- Samuel West, Actor, Director and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts
- Afreena Azaria, Contact Theatre
- Jorge Walsh, Filmmaker