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TUC LESE Creative and Leisure Industries Committee


Show Culture Some Love

The “Show Culture Some Love” campaign is supported by London, East & South East (LESE) Creative and Leisure Industries Committee and all the major unions in the arts & culture sector – including BECTU, Equity, the Musicians' Union, PCS and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain – as well as visual & performance artists, academics, students, individual politicians and those who love the arts.

It was launched at the LESE Conference on "The Future of Arts & Culture" March 2015.

It's main aims are to campaign for an end to the cuts in arts & culture budgets caused by the pro-austerity policies of the current government and to make the case for greater investment.

As part of this, we campaign around the following six-point programme:

(1) protect and expand public funding for arts & culture

(2) ensure public funding for arts & culture meets the condition of minimum standards of pay and employment

(3) ensure transparency of any sponsorship in arts & culture and to promote ethical policies in cultural institutions

(4) promote democratic accountability in publicly funded cultural bodies – including investigating corporate interests present on governing bodies

(5) ensure the funding and promote the role of art education in society, including free access to education

(6) tackle inequalities of access to arts & culture and its funding and to develop a socially progressive arts policy

This programme has been further developed at successive "Future of the Arts" conferences since then. This has culminated in the drafting of a discussion document:

Making Culture Ours (pdf)

Show Culture Some Love Twitter

Save Stratford Theatre Campaign

Chair: Fran Rifkin (EQUITY)

Vice Chair Job Share: Pam Foley, Martin Sundram (AUE), Richard Watson and Barbara White (MU)​

Secretary Job Share: Doug Holton (EQUITY) and Tom Taylor (PCS)

Assistant Secretary: Alice Dupont (UNITE)  

TUC LESE Meeting Code of Conduct

The TUC is committed to organising activities at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment. The TUC has zero tolerance for any type of harassment, including sexual harassment. Aggressive, offensive, intimidatory, disrespectful or unacceptable behaviour or comments will not be tolerated. This supports the commitment set out in the TUC’s rules to promote equality for all and to eliminate all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination. This policy applies to all aspects of communication at or in connection with an event, including postings on social media.  

If you have any concerns about behaviour that you want to raise then please contact us by email

Meeting Calendar

Tuesday 14 December 2021, Creative and Leisure Industries Committee  

Tuesday 15 March 2022, Creative and Leisure Industries Committee  

Tuesday 21 June 2022, Creative and Leisure Industries Committee AGM  



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