Cultural organisations lobby UK government for support after Brexit

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Europe's top cultural organisations pressure UK government to support them in Brexit negotiations

The Barbican, the V&A and the British Museum are among over 500 leading arts organisations and individuals that have urged the UK government to support cultural exchange programmes and free movement of workers after Brexit.

In a statement titled Our Shared European Future, institutions and individuals from art, design, culture and science – as diverse as architect David Chipperfield and scientist Brian Cox – have identified six issues that they want UK politicians to consider when negotiating the nation's exit from the European Union.

They call for government to ensure post-Brexit residency for EU nationals 
currently working in the UK, allow skilled workers to freely move between countries, and to support training and education for young people in the cultural sector.

They also demand continued support for EU-funded programmes like the popular Erasmus exchanges, cooperation with the EU on intellectual property issues and regulation, and an ongoing dialogue with representatives from Europe's education, culture and science sectors.

Organised by the British Council, the campaign is also supported by Tate, the Royal College of Art, Turner Contemporary, the National Portrait Gallery and the Jerwood Gallery.

Other backers include major European major institutions, like the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic, the University of Vienna and the Danish Culture Institute.

"Our vision is for continued European collaboration, helping the continent to lead the world in the fields of education, culture, science, research and innovation," reads the statement.

"We envisage a European open zone for intellectual and creative endeavour, where educational, cultural and scientific institutions are key economic players, supporting cities, encouraging social mobility, stimulating healthy issue-based debates, benefiting communities, solving global challenges, improving intercultural awareness, fostering creativity, enhancing social cohesion and transforming lives," it continues.

"Students, artists, academics, scientists, teachers, researchers and young people travel, operate, collaborate and innovate easily across borders, supported through funding and resources, opportunities and international exchanges. Society as a whole prospers across Europe as a direct result of this growth in talent, expertise and shared values."

The six demands are listed below:

The statement is the latest in a series of efforts from the creative industries to promote its interests after Brexit.

Dezeen's Brexit Design Manifesto communicated the views of architects and designers across the UK, while the Creative Industries Federation has continued to act as a mediator between the government and the industry.

Similarly, architects including David Chipperfield and Richard Rogers used their influence to demand clarity on the status of EU nationals working in the UK following Brexit.