Update on Campaign to Remove Liz Murdoch

Arts Council England and the appointment of Elisabeth Murdoch

Artists’ Union England members continue to push for the removal of Elisabeth Murdoch

The campaign to remove Elisabeth Murdoch from ACE National Council continues and spreads as trade unions come on board to express their solidarity.  If you are in another trade union or go to your local branch meeting, why not use our template to share a motion supporting the campaign.

AUE members can help too! –write to your MP (find out who that is here); download a copy of our letter template HERE.

Tell ACE what you think of their attitude towards corporate interests by signing up to be part of their ‘conversation’ – a consultation programme run by think tank Britain Thinks.


ACE Chief Executive, Darren Henley responded to AUE criticism of the appointment before Christmas stating “Following interviews with suitable candidates, the panel as a whole prepared a report setting out which candidates were capable of carrying out the available roles, and were therefore appointable. The Secretary of State (DCMS) then held ultimate responsibility for the final decisions.” AUE Secretary Theresa Easton stated “this appointment exposes what is becoming an endemic culture of privilege and power
within the art world that needs challenging and changing. The message
to DCMS and Nicholas Serota is clear; Elisabeth Murdoch is neither
qualified nor suitable for such a position.”

Read our response to Darren Henley here

AUE are writing to the newly appointed Secretary for DCMS, Matt Hancock, reiterating the call for Elisabeth Murdoch to be replaced and has asked for support for the campaign from Shadow Secretary Tom Watson.

The campaign and appointment has drawn media coverage from  a-n, Arts Professional,  Artlyst,  i-News, Guardian , Private EyeHyperallergic and an informative blog post by AUE member, Stephen Pritchard.

‘Unfit for purpose’ candidates can be removed with pressure as witnessed recently with Toby Young, former non-executive member of the Office for Students.

Our press release about this campaign can be found here

Read our original letter and add your name to the list of over 1700 others here