Will Merseyside Miss Out? The Gormley Statues And The Theatre Museum Are Must-Haves.

Mount Street river vista (small) 06.10.1 078.jpg Sefton Council says Antony Gormley's Iron Men may soon leave Crosby Beach. The national Theatre Museum, which it has been mooted should come to Liverpool, has yet even to be considered by the City Council. Where's the cultural leadership and vision which could mark Merseyside as a fascinating place to visit?

Here we go again. The cultural drag, if I may call it that, which afflicts so many places is once more theatening to relegate our sub-region to the 'might have beens', a place which could have been braver and better.

In just one evening last week (on Wednesday 18th October '06) Liverpool City Council took the extraordinary decision not even to discuss a motion about how the city might acquire the national Theatre Museum, whilst on the same evening Sefton Council voted not to keep Antony Gormley's one hundred Iron Men on Crosby Beach.

There is a real danger that we on Merseyside will end up looking as though the last thing we want is to support culture, just at the time when the mantle of European Capital of Culture is about to be ours.

Time is short
The Daily Post and others have already started a campaign to reverse the Gormley statues decision, with some success already. It is now necessary for others to ensure that Liverpool Council does the same, and makes a real effort to bring the national Theatre Museum to Merseyside .... of, if they can't, for someone esle to do so The benefits of doing this are clear and have already been discussed on this website.

The reputation of Liverpool and Merseyside in 2007/8 rests on imaginative and forward-looking leadership and real vision in culture and the arts. It's time everyone in Merseyside pulled together on this.


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