In Somerset Art is not funded at all by the county council, £0 per head of the population. As a result many art groups and organisations have closed, the latest of which is the highly regarded Brewhouse theatre in Taunton, which supported many artists’ work, including my own. The Arts Council UK finds £63 per head for the arts in London and £3 per head for the arts in Somerset. Small wonder then that rural arts are rarely given any credence or attention. Courageous artists persevere and councillors for Somerset are beginning to rue the day they abandoned democracy and responsibility in favour of a two person philistine plutocracy.