Arts & Elbows

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

The French are Coming, and taking all the funding.

The latest offering from the Turner Contemporary Centre; "Unite, IV Projects by French Artists" has a very simple premise, the French are much better at culture than us, so it's perfectly alright to use more Kentish funds to promote French culture over English culture at at no small expense. This includes a number of purile banners along the High Street cunningly disguised as high intellect, and at no small cost to Thanet ratepayers despite no similar promotion of anything else, especially not local culture.

So using the empty space that is the old Marks and Sparks for a show is an absolute wheeze, even if it means the council having to spend a fortune buying the place, and it becoming expensive venue number three for the Turner Contemporary Centre ten million quid down the line. The simple fact that the art on show is piss-poor in comparison to local talent is best not mentioned.

Sure its moody, and aye it's contemporary but it's also rather boring despite it's gallic flavour.

So it's time to wander off to the second expensive venue, the substation, surprisingly the art here is better. Not much but it's better.

However it remains foreign, and the talent therein is no greater than the local talent if it might ever be given the level of funding enjoyed by the French in Margate.

Look out there's a VIP venue. It's the Droit House, the original expensive venue , which has devolved to a simple buffet of outstanding food. Although the proles aren't meant to know of it, there's an incredible spread of great grub and little art. Watch Sam Thomas stuff his face, a great excuse for him to not answer any valid questions, and get well paid for it.

Outside Margate continues to go about it's business, unaware that after ten million quid the Turner managed to eventually lay on a great buffet.

Meanwhile in the pubs the art intelligensia discuss the nights proceeding in an up beat manner. They're hoping that the Turner might finally set it's sights on local talent, because French talent is dangerously close to being local despite the Turner crews' taste for anything but. Given the enormous funds from local pockets it might happen eventually, but if it doesn't could they have more of that ham and cheese please.


Blogger Tony Flaig said...

Ow come you get invited, the staff of Bignews Margate, have a yet to get their snout into the municipal trough

9:32 PM  
Blogger Richard Eastcliff said...

Looks like they were serving porky pies at that buffet, how appropriate.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

The Droit House was meant to be for VIPs only but it was a badly kept secret which you could just walk into. So it was more a simple apllication of Margate front rather than invitation.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What struck me as odd was that Saturday saw the biggest art crowd in town since I don't know when and TC saw fit to close the gallery at M&S in the High St at 4pm. Naturally I turned up to closed door and a dozen or more other confused types at 4.10. Surely a late night opening would have made sense -- fill the gap between the burning and the Winter Gardens concert...

3:47 PM  
Blogger onelosthousemate said...

greetings again. Great to see so much news on here.

I think the answer to all of the tat in Margate is simple, get an established group of local artists together and let the people of Thanet do the rest.

It looks like i'll be moving home soon. Fingers crossed. If I did, would venues and exhibitions of local talent be something you'd be interested in getting involved in?

3:57 PM  
Blogger Artyblartfast said...

Iain; sound like the usual joined up finking mate.
One lost; Yes because it's exactly the kind of thing we could do with.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a lot of other people wanted to go see the art in the M + S on Sat, another daft TC move...

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll reserve judgment on the M&S show and Substation for now, as for the banners, Bo***cks or What

6:02 PM  

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