Will Gompertz: The art the UK forgets to love
The Tate and the National Gallery, two of the UK's most prestigious fine art institutions, have seen UK visitor numbers fall significantly over the last five years, official figures have shown.
Last week the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) sent out a press release stating: "Latest statistics for Government-sponsored museums show two million more visits were made than previous year."
But look beneath the surface and a slightly different picture emerges.
Much of the boom in attendance is actually being driven by overseas tourists, with domestic visitors generally growing at a much slower rate.
The BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz analyses whether the UK might have fallen out of love with art, or if it has just forgotten about its great art works.
21 Feb 2015
- From the section Entertainment & Arts