Arts & Elbows

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Crate Work if you can get it.

Tucked away behind KFC in Margate High Street is Bilton Square, the old works there have been fully revamped thanks to a £100,000 grant from Arts Council England South East and a further £115,000 from the East Kent Partnership. The organisation behind it are called Crate, an art group you're unlikely to have heard of because their biggest project thus far has been securing the cash to buy and refurbish this building.
The Arts Council has very stringent rules about funding new groups, you can't just form one and expect a cheque in the post. So just how did a new group, which appears to have done nothing else, manage to gain almost a quarter of a million quid?

5 Comments:

Blogger tony flaig said...

This seems to have touched a raw nerve with you, I hope you're not suggesting any it skulduggery.

To be honest if I thought I could cream the Arts Council with the some sort of bull and get vast amounts of money I would.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

I think you might have to be related.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

I think KFC are really behind all this, damn them! They're cunning.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there any names for these people, a list of directors? Maybe there should be an investigation by the SFO, or whichever ombudsman is appropriate? I would welcome that as a taxpayer. What do we do next?

9:44 AM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

Anon,
I'd suggest getting in touch with the editorial crew at the Gazette and asking them if they could look into it. They're very professional and good at these kind of digging through paperwork jobs.

7:22 PM  

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