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D DAY

Posted by cathedralofshit on March 22, 2011

Wednesday 30th March is the day when ACE make their announcements as to this year’s Big Lottery (or perhaps that should be bonfire) of publicly-funded arts organisations. As Sir Alex Ferguson would say it’s certainly “squeaky bum time” (and he wasn’t talking about gay sex here) for all your friends who work in those benighted galleries, magazines and half-baked organisations up and down the country who depend on ACE’s largesse to keep their ramshackle asses going. There are 189 visual arts organisations up and and down the country who have been happily splashing your cash. There’s probably about 20 more new ones who’ve applied so we reckon around 30 of the existing ones will be slashed (don’t ask how we calculated this; it involved a multi-sided Dungeons & Dragons dice and some left-over miaow-miaow).

Just in case Julie Lomax hasn’t got round to picking out names from a hat yet we thought we’d help! Our favourite RFO’s for the chop are:

International Curators Forum – “the open conceptual network” that gets in 50k but really just goes on jolly jaunts
Afterall – the tremendously boring art magazine that serves as an advertising brochure for CSM
Iniva – the tremendously boring and wildly expensive organisation that does culturally diverse stuff ignoring the fact that segregation is over and Mandela is out of jail.
International 3 – a commercial gallery who take part in international art fairs shouldn’t really be getting tax-payers cash
Leicester City Council – like WTF?
Serpentine Gallery – they’ve got enough cash
Spike Island – chippy Bristolians
The Otolith Group – erm, they aren’t really an arts organisation are they?

Anyhow, good luck to all and one! May the best woman win etc!

5 Responses to “D DAY”

  1. mirandas said

    ICA isn’t one of your favourites to go?

  2. Look back in anger said

    I agree with you about the The Otolith Group – though what they are doing is essentially a wheeze that has been pulled by the performing arts for years whereby you and a mate or two turn yourselves into a company or organisation to essentially do you own work and get the Arts Council to pay for it. My top for the chop would be the Film & Video Umbrella, The Lux and no.w.here.

    • HUO said

      Oh no – I like Lux – do you not think Ben is quite hot?

      I would cut:
      Live Art Development Agency
      Whitechapel – (I like it – its just to far from my house)
      Crafts Council
      Axis Web
      One Dot Zero
      Royal College of Arts
      AN Magazine
      New Contemporaries
      The London Zoo
      Beaconsfield
      Deal or no Deal- (I cant believe they still receive ACE money)

      • Look back in anger said

        Ben may be “hot” but the problem with the Lux and the other film/video orgs is that they operate like private fiefdoms with one or two people deciding who will get exposure (or not). Ben has been at the Lux for 10 years. The same two guys have been running the Umbrella for over twenty years and no.w.here.is a parody of a workshop really just promoting its creators work. The whole thing needs a good shake up.

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