Arts Council works well just as it is: Letter

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Sir: In his article on Mrs Bottomley and her views on the arts (15 October), David Lister once again used that unattractive word "luvvies". However it is used, the word carries with it an implication of superficiality and condescension.

It would be refreshing if we could drop it - what is wrong with "artists"? The work of an artist is demanding and challenging, as the process of creation and recreation requires a level of imagination and self-discipline that many other professions in public life would find impossible to emulate - even if they make far more money! Let us be proud of what artists of all kinds do to enrich and stimulate our lives.


Principal, Guildhall School

of Music & Drama

London EC2