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5 October 2010

The Angel of the North loses a wing

Cornelia Parker produces a new work in protest at the government’s proposed cuts to the arts.

By Duncan Robinson

The Turner Prize-nominated artist Cornelia Parker has created a piece of work as part of a campign led by artists against proposed funding cuts to the arts.

In the work, Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North has had one of its wings chopped off, in a none-too-subtle reference to the proposed cuts. The work is captioned: “Why clip the wings of an industry that is soaring? It’s a false economy to cut the arts.”

Supporters of the campaign have put together a petition imploring the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, not to slash government funding for Britain’s booming arts sector. Prominent figures who have added their names to the campaign include Tracey Emin, David Hockney and Damien Hirst.

For more information on the campaign go to

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