Cathedral of Shit

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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!

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No ghost just a shell

Posted by cathedralofshit on February 8, 2011

Out of work? Penniless? Depressed that your career in being the catalyst for arts education projects for 13-16 year olds has disappeared down the khazi? Well buck up loser and head over to West London on Thursday.. Ticket sales are going so badly for the second one day conference about Philippe Parreno on Thursday (no, really) that the Serpentine, who aren’t renowned for their generosity, are giving “a limited number” of complimentary tickets away. Go on – its only 7 hours long and promises to be a barrel of laughs. Okay, not really. But at least its warm and people won’t mind that you smell of piss as it’s in the French Institute.

The instructions we have are “Email with your full name specifying ’10 FEB CONFERENCE:PHILIPPE PARRENO’ for a ticket.

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Keeping up with the Julia Peyton-Joneses

Posted by cathedralofshit on September 29, 2010

News on the street (park) is that JPJ, HUO and other three-letter-monikered Serpentine folk have acquired another building to expand the Serpentine empire.
Do we need any more Serpentine? Do we WANT any more Serpentine? Perhaps it a case of organisation-expansion-envy (see Whitechapel/SLG)?


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“Julia Peyton-Jones gives us a quick peek-a-boo”

Posted by cathedralofshit on February 3, 2010

Sometimes, when things come in to us at CoS we’re baffled, sometimes saddened, often amused, and frequently irritated.
Every now and then, however, we can’t quite fucking believe it. This is one such moment.

We are ‘lost for words’. Let the head explosions commence.

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No Dough From Gago Show. Woah.

Posted by cathedralofshit on January 22, 2010

Despite being a public gallery rumoured often to have dubious relationships with commercial galleries, we heard that Julia Peyton-Jones recently was stiffed by the behemoth that is Gagosian. Despite the Serpentine paying shipping and production costs for the Jeff Koons works in his decidedly average exhibition last year, Gagosian sold all the works from the show, not only refusing to donate or contribute to the gallery but to even refund any costs.
When the question was posed as to why money back from sales wasn’t contracted, allegedly JPJ was quoted as saying she didn’t expect to have to ask for the money in these situations. Pretty disappointing as the Serpentine receives funding from the government… CoS wonders whether the vast sums this glorified park toilet receives is deserved, especially as a Serp-source tells us that the visitor sums collected to wow their patrons and the Arts Council include anyone going in for a mid-jog dump, or entering to buy their copy of Dazed from the shop.

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