Saturday, 7 November 2015

Christopher Eccleston and Paterson Joseph front arts access campaign

Christopher Eccleston and Paterson Joseph with their campaign pictures.

Actors Christopher Eccleston, Samantha Morton and Paterson Joseph are backing a campaign aimed at highlighting the difficulties of securing a career in the arts today.

The performers are lending their support to a visual campaign designed to "exemplify the current climate in the arts" that is being created by graphic designer Peter Saville.

It forms part of Create's Panic! What Happened to Social Mobility in the Arts? initiative, which will investigate "the state of the cultural sector in the UK" through debates, music and art later this year.

Saville's photos show performers including Eccleston, Morton and Joseph with tags revealing "the occupation of their bread-winning parent". The campaign asks whether these "important cultural players" could find success today.

Others taking part in the photo campaign include Jo Brand and Ken Loach.

Through its programme of debates, film and art, running from November 26 to December 4, Panic! will investigate the effects of housing costs, benefit changes and low salaries on access to arts jobs. It will also look at the rising costs of higher education fees and unpaid internships in the sector.

Panic has also commissioned a survey, delivered by Goldsmiths, that aim

Christopher Eccleston and Paterson Joseph front arts access campaign - The Stage