I'd like to flag up this site I found dedicated to protecting the arts against the austerity regime.
On the site you'll audio files of papers given at the Why Humanities? conference held at Birkbeck on the 4th-5th Nov. Musings on the two cultures, the Browne Report amongst other things. One art historian there- Iain Pears.
Finally, maintaining the anti-coalition mood, JJ at the Guardian pits the odious Nick Clegg against Hogarth on the work and idleness issue.
Image: Guercino's Allegory of Painting and Sculpture of 1637.