Art Fund statement about the decision to leave the EU

We are deeply concerned about what leaving the EU will mean for culture in the UK.

Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund, said, 'As the national fundraising charity for art, Art Fund is deeply concerned about the impact that leaving the EU will have on culture in the UK, and particularly on museums and galleries.

'At one level there is obviously now great financial uncertainty – the effect on European funding streams for the arts, for example – but quite as important is the potential effect on the spirit that drives a myriad of international partnerships in the arts. These are driven at heart by the principle of Britain as a collaborative component of, and participant in, a vibrant European culture.

'We must work hard to keep this spirit alive, regardless of politics.'

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