What's your reaction to Arts Council England's funding decisions?

By Laura Davis on Apr 5, 11 04:16 PM in

I WAS talking with various curators and artistic directors after last week's Arts Council England funding announcements and we agreed that it's difficult at this early stage to properly judge whether the organisation has made the best of a hard situation or has left some areas woefully lacking in support.


zz280311sense-2.jpgSarah Jones, The Dining Room (Francis Place) I, 1997, in Tate Liverpool's A Sense of Perspective exhibition. Copyright Sarah Jones, courtesy Maureen Palely, London 


Over the next few months the picture will become clearer as arts organisations begin to work out their plans for survival/ ways of meeting their own objectives in the face of widespread funding cuts.  I'd welcome your reaction to the situation - send them to me by email and I'll post them on this blog.

Download a table of North West-based ACE funded organisations here


Two days after ACE's announcement, FACT opened its new exhibition Knowledge Lives Everywhere, a celebration of its collaborative work, and Tate Liverpool it's A Sense of Perspective show, curated by young people taking part in the Young Tate scheme.  Earlier this week, the Liverpool Everyman announced it will be working with Slung Low, the Leeds-based theatre company behing last year's Anthology, to create a grande finale for its current theatre.

While funding is crucial to ensure the sustainability of the arts sector - and we need a healthy cultural more than ever at a time when people need a way of making their voices heard - it is encouraging to see organisations pulling together and perhaps helping each other work in ways that wouldn't have previously occurred to them.




Laura Davis said:

After writing this blog post I was sent some information on a public debate about ACE's decisions:

THE NERVE magazine is staging a public debate on Arts Council England’s funding decisions for 2012 onwards.
It will focus on Merseyside-based organisations and ask a series of questions including what are the future prospects of grassroots arts organisations? Do they rely too much on public funding? Are there any alternatives to direct funding available for arts organisations? How transparent is Arts Council England in the way funding is allocated?
The panel will be chaired by Gayna Perry of Strange Attractors and includes Liz Carlisle of Urban Strawberry Lunch and Fiona Dunn of The Gallery Liverpool.
The debate will take place at FACT from 4-6pm on Monday. Admission is free.

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