Ed Miliband - 'release the paintings!'

March 9 2015

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Picture: Guardian - storage area at Tate.

Well, I don't often say this, but hurrah for Ed Miliband. The Labour Party leader gave a speech on arts policy last week, and said that if he wins the election he will get more art out of storage and put on display. While he didn't promise any more money for the arts (no surprise there) he did say that he wants to:

[...] better use the resources we have in London.

Including do more to ensure that the works in the national collection currently in storage are able to travel to regional museums and galleries around the country.

Just as the Lewis Chessmen have inspired thousands of people around the country, we should open up objects currently in storage.

Splendid! You read the full speech here.

Regular readers will know this is a pet theme of mine. A few months ago I wrote a piece on the question for the Financial Times. You can listen to a podcast of the piece here.

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