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UK arts 'enjoying a healthy moment'

1st June 2010

Now could be a positive time for the UK's arts world despite seemingly adverse conditions, Grayson Perry has argued.

Writing in the Guardian, the Turner Prize-winning artist pointed out that the economic crisis and expected cuts to public spending mean less money for cultural projects, but claimed this could prove inspiring.

'It might not feel it if you are a young artist leaving college, but, aesthetically and conceptually, this is a really healthy moment for art,' he wrote.

He also said that his own art has been inspired by the current social situation in the UK and has become focused on issues such as turbo-consumerism and class.

Perry added that he has witnessed an 'amazing transformation' in the arts scene over his career, as people have stopped viewing modern art as a 'rip-off' and galleries have become more attractive to families.

Earlier this month, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt used his first public speech since taking up office to reassure the arts community that it will not be considered an easy target for cuts in government funding.

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