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IELTS Writing Task 2 - Artwork (Agree or Disagree Question)

Some people suggest that the government should spend money putting more works of art like paintings and statues into towns and cities to make them attractive places.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?


In contemporary urban planning discussions, the idea of governments investing in public art to enhance the appeal  of towns and cities is a topic of ongoing debate. While some argue that this strategy can contribute to more attractive and culturally rich urban spaces, I disagree with it for several reasons below.

On the one hand, proponents argue that public art installations can transform mundane  urban environments into vibrant and aesthetically pleasing spaces , thereby attracting tourists and residents alike. For instance, cities like Barcelona and Paris have successfully integrated  public art into their urban landscapes, creating open-air galleries that not only attract tourists but also provide locals with a sense of pride and cultural identity . By showcasing local artists' work or representing the city's history through sculptures, towns and cities can cultivate a unique character that resonates with  both residents and visitors.

However, I argue that allocating public funds to art installations might not necessarily address the urgent needs of a community. Specifically, many towns and cities grapple with  critical issues such as poor infrastructure, insufficient healthcare facilities, and limited educational resources. This makes prioritizing the creation of public art undesirable since these crucial aspects form the backbone of  community development and directly impact residents’ well-being. Additionally, the subjective nature of art  could make it challenging to ensure widespread public appreciation and engagement. In other words, different individuals might have diverse tastes and preferences when it comes to artistic expressions, potentially leading to a lack of consensus  within the community or even a public backlash .

In conclusion, I firmly believe that governments should not invest substantially in erecting works of art in metropolitan areas as the subjective nature of art might not ensure widespread public appreciation while more pressing social concerns deserve further funding. 



  • appeal (n) = sức hấp dẫn 

  • mundane (adj) = nhàm chán

  • vibrant and aesthetically pleasing spaces (phrase) = những không gian sống động và đẹp mắt

  • integrate A into B (phrase) = tích hợp A vào B 

  • a sense of pride and cultural identity (phrase) = cảm giác tự hào về bản sắc văn hóa 

  • resonate with sb / sth (phrase) = lan tỏa đến ai đó / cái gì đó 

  • grapple with sth (phrasal verb) = vật lộn với một vấn đề nào đó 

  • form the backbone of sth (phrase) = tạo dựng nền tảng vững chắc cho cái gì đó 

  • subjective nature of art (phrase) = tính chủ quan của nghệ thuật

  • a lack of consensus (phrase) = sự thiếu đồng lòng

  • a  public backlash (phrase) = phản ứng dữ dội của công chúng 



The government should spend money putting more works of art like paintings and statues into towns and cities to make them attractive places + Personal opinion: Disagree

Body 1: The benefits of spending money putting works of art in towns and cities 

  • Putting art in public spaces can turn dull city areas into lively and attractive places → more tourists and visitors (e.g. Cities like Barcelona and Paris have done this well, drawing tourists and also giving locals pride and a connection to their culture)

  • When towns and cities exhibit artwork from local artists and highlight their history through sculptures, it helps create a unique identity that residents and visitors can both enjoy and value

Body 2: The drawbacks of spending money putting works of art in towns and cities + my personal opinion

  • Many towns and cities face important problems like bad facilities, not enough healthcare, and not enough schools → prioritizing art creation may not be good since these problems are crucial for community development and directly affect people's well-being 

  • People often have different tastes about art, which can make it hard to get everyone in the community to agree on an artwork or even cause some people to be upset


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