News - 2009
New Home Office regulations to curb invitations to Non-EU Artists and Academics
23 February, 2009
The Home Office recently introduced new restrictions on international artists and academics visiting the UK for talks, temporary exhibitions, concerts or artists' residencies. Visitors now have to submit to a series of arduous and expensive procedures to get their visa, and then more bureaucratic controls when they are in the UK. Already a series of concerts and residencies have been cancelled.
The Manifesto Club http://www.manifestoclub.com is coordinating a campaign against these regulations. The campaign is led by Manick Govinda, artists' adviser at Artsadmin, and has won support from artists, musicians, gallery directors, academics and students across the UK and Ireland.
The petition was launched with a letter in the Observer http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2009/feb/22/9
For testimonies on the impact of immigration restrictions see: http://www.manifestoclub.com/artist-testimonies
To sign the petition: