When coming up with an idea for an art exhibition and sorting out art gallery barrier systems and so on, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is just how much to charge people to come and enjoy the event.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Gabriele Finaldi – director of the National Gallery in London –said that exhibitions in the capital have indeed become “quite expensive”, commenting after the gallery raised the cost of its tickets above £20 for the first time, the Guardian reports.
The gallery is charging £22 for its Claude Monet exhibition when visiting at the weekend, but Mr Finaldi did note that they can’t put large-scale shows on for free because it’s not the way the business works. But there are other exhibitions that are put on for free that people can also enjoy.
Arts Council England says its budget has been cut by 30 per cent in the last eight years, noting that the squeeze on public funds in this sector means that some organisations it supports have had to drive up ticket prices.
“Whilst we do not set ticket pricing for organisations, it is a condition of Arts Council investment that organisations are able to continue to demonstrate how they will grow and broaden their audiences and increase access to the communities they serve,” a spokeswoman commented.
Last month (March), the Art Newspaper analysed official stats and found that Brits are now making fewer trips to galleries and so on to see exhibitions – putting this down to ticket price hikes, squeezes on personal income and impending terror threats, according to the Guardian.
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