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15/06/04
All Aboard for the Arts
- Big rise in take-up of high-culture in last few years

ART on the sides of London busses is just one of the schemes that have raised the profile of the arts in recent years, with 800,000 more people attending art events across the country in the last 12 months compared to the same period three years ago.

The bus painting scheme run by the South London gallery is a small part of the picture but is indicative of the way the popularity of the arts has taken off.

"I can't think of another sector of activity in this country whose audience has expanded by such a huge degree in such a short space of time," said Christopher Frayling, chairperson of the Arts Council of England. "It is a remarkable statistic."

Frayling was talking of the 15.2 million people who have attended at least two arts events in the past year. a figure which beat a government-set target by some 60 per cent.




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