Arts & Elbows

A catalogue of commentary on events in Thanet and occassionally the rest of the world.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Less is More

Yes less is more, more cash. To put it in clearer terms zero is most, much better than something. Something which doesn't happen isn't as good as something different which costs just as much. This is the level of doubletalk we have been sold for a mere £10 million. Despite the original plan to build a new gallery we have not seen a single brick laid, and as seen in the Gazette's detailed report (earlier story here) on the county council's report on itself it's all top-notch.
How interesting to read a quote from the Turner Centre's leader; "Turner is more than a building project." - when anyone with eyes can clearly see it's less than a building project, it's an expensive empty space with a large staff. Surely it's just a matter of time before many assume it's not so much a regeneration project as a bright shining lie electro-plated with a heavy layer of corruption lightly brushed with the dust of nepotism.
The saddest loss is to local artists who see little, if any, direct advantage in such an enormous increase in arts funding, and who are wrongly tainted as being part of the problem when they're as alienated from it all as the rest of us.
The real winners are the arts management crowd, and their artist chums from anywhere but around here. The cultural ambassadors scheme is a fine example of this, where Turner employees journey to Eastern Europe in search of bright new talent without ever considering doing the same in East Kent.
The spending spree doesn't end in Bulgaria, despite having been given the Droit House on the harbour, extending it with the "Droid House" and to refitting it twice it remains closed despite claims it would be open in April. Rather than put shows on there they've started to put them on at the substation in the High Street, but only after an extensive refit at no small cost.
Along with the current trend of public funded regeneration it may well have proved cheaper to simply buy all the properties in the old town and give them away. Or maybe that's what they're doing?


Blogger parnellpr said...

thanx for all the comments last night. I had a bit of a bumper night for comments all round to be honest. Blogged more on world cup 2day....esp world cup songs. your opinions are welcome. Oh yeah good to see pics of ordinary english places not just tourist friendly ones.

12:19 AM  
Blogger em said...

hi, hopefully i will get together work for an exhibition next year - about to do a photographic series based on the ducks, so keep an eye out.....thanks for the interest.

10:25 AM  
Blogger something from me said...

Good work.
An interesting read.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Arts funding doesn't first and foremost achieve the goals as laid out by the applications through which that money was first granted, you have very good cause to complain, and the people who will listen most are the Arts Council Board of Directors, senior Brass and the Arts Minister, as the money has then been granted for one purpose, being spent on another, and it can be classified a fraudulent activity. Of course the language has to be kept lawyer-like and civil.

It is extremely frustrating annoying and peeving when all that money goes into buildings which are never utilised, and staff who are never 'creative', and artists are left 'starving'.

Good luck.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am interested to see that our 'cultural ambassadors' are seeking talent in Eastern Europe. Are any of the Eastern European discoveries asked to prepare a business plan? Are they introduced to someone who would help (at a cost of course). Are they asked to pay a fee to register an interest in participating in festivals. Many, many 'jobs for the boys'. Little interest in true local talent.

4:35 PM  

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