The Arts Council sees it as important for art market and cultural organisations to assess the risks and opportunities that Brexit poses, so that they can prepare as well as possible. Issues will arise for institutions in receipt of EU funding: the employment of EU nationals; UK artists or organisations travelling to the EU post Brexit; movement of goods, where, for example, the UK Government envisages reduced access across the straits at Dover and Folkestone for up to six months; the export and import of cultural property; copyright and intellectual property rights; VAT issues arising over trading in goods and services; etc.
The on-line guide provides information for to Government notices and policy papers including:
The Council intends to update the guide as further information becomes available. To access the guide click here.
The Council has also conducted an impact survey of 992 arts and culture organisations to understand the impact of EU exit on their businesses. It also asked EUCLID International Limited to create a report that assesses the European Union’s contribution to the arts, museums and creative industries in England.
The survey offers detail on issues including:
The vast majority (89%) of organisations reported that artistic development was the most important reason for working across borders.
The Report aimed to provide figures, with caveats, of the amount of funding the museums and galleries sector has received from the European Union in the last 10 years. It found £345m was awarded between 2007-16, equating to £40m each year. The Arts Council has shared this information with government, pointing out that these are likely to be minimum figures and making it clear that the sector cannot afford to lose this level of funding as we leave the EU.