IELTS Essay #Financial support to creative artists
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write at least 250 words.
Some people think that governments should give financial support to creative artists such as painters and musicians. Others believe that creative artists should be funded by alternative sources. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
Artists are considered to be a national treasure as they help countries preserve and promote local culture. They also help in putting countries on the global map. Their source of funding is often argued on and some people think that creative artists should be financially backed by the government while others believe they should be funded by different medians. In the following paragraphs, I will discuss both sides and put forth my viewpoints.
Firstly, artists take time to develop their creations and they should be given time and money to nurture their skills. In this way they will be able to create their best piece of art. Moreover, they will not deviate from their field due to financial constraints and will be given ample amount of time to come up with their best work. Secondly, if the artists become successful, governments are able to generate huge revenues from their prized arts. Their work can be exhibited in national museums or their music can be copyrighted and sold via different music streaming websites. There are many clear examples of governments supporting artist and musicians. In my country, M.F Hussain produced his first well known painting at the age of 57. Had he not been supported till then, the world will never have known of his artworks.
On the other hand, artwork cannot fulfil the basic needs of people. Governments should be able to provide basic necessities of life to all its citizens before sponsoring art and culture. In many developing parts of the world, providing food and housing are still considered to be the primary objectives of the governments. Moreover, already having secured a funding, an artist might lose his zeal to succeed in life and may never be able to create his/her best form of art. Some of the best works of art are inspired by tough times.
To sum up, there are valid opinions on both sides. However, I feel that artists are those who can produce a work that not only transcends the mundane but also uplifts the viewer. There are clear differences between an artist and an ordinary person. Therefore, supporting artists is paramount in today’s time. (360 Words)