From Lloyd Evans in the Spectator:
The Arts Council, of course, is not an artistic organisation. It distributes bribes. And as a vassal of the state, it unconsciously mimics its political masters who have no faith in the people.
And those bribes - for all the talk of 'diversity' - are overwhelmingly directed to the grand institutions of high culture rather than towards the promotion of creativity. Probably because it's not really about art at all.