Tracey Emin blasts £100k budget cut for Turner Contemporary
ARTIST Tracey Emin has slammed Kent County Council over its decision to slash ten per cent from Turner Contemporary's funding.
The award-winning gallery is set to lose £100,000 under the proposed new budget, despite attracting 700,000 visits since opening in April 2011.
Professor Emin, a patron of Turner Contemporary Trust, said: "I think to make any cuts to our funding at present is a pretty stupid idea. The council should see the bigger picture. Over 170,000 people visited my show this summer – a great boost to Margate and Thanet's general economy.
"If anything they should increase the funding."
According to a recent report, the £17.4 million gallery generated almost £14 million for the economy in its first year.
Director Victoria Pomery said: "We are in the process of finalising our plans and budgets for 2013/14 to establish the impact of these cuts on our exhibitions, events and our school and community programmes.
The decision is part of a range of cuts designed to plug a £60 million shortfall.
Cabinet member Mike Hill said: "We remain committed to the success of Turner Contemporary as a key part of Margate's regeneration.
"We need to make essential savings in these financially difficult times and must spend taxpayers' money wisely.