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Hadid joins art luminaries in funding appeal to government

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Zaha Hadid is among a host of British fashion, architecture and design stars who have issued a direct appeal to the government not to cut funding to the arts.

The architectural heavyweight has added her signature alongside those of Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and James Dyson in a letter published in the Evening Standard.

The move follows news that Arts Council England (ACE) needs an extra £12 million a year for the next three years on top of its current £411 million package. The stars fear that anything less than a rise in line with inflation will damage their successes of the last decade.

The Evening Standard reported that ACE has warned that cuts would 'not only spread misery but also force it to axe unspecified institutions'.

Hadid is riding high in the art world at the moment: to celebrate London Design Festival she has unveiled her Urban Nebula sculpture (AJ 20.09.07) and she is also the subject of an exhibition at the Design Museum.

by Max Thompson

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