HERE is a selection of arts interviews that appeared in the Daily Post this week:
HERE'S the press release that came through from the Arts Council today detailing a transformation of the way the arts are funded in England and fleshing out some of the detail hinted at in last week's announcement of a 6.9% cut to regularly funded organisations for 2011/12.
This will impact on the 850 RFOs nationally, of which there are many in Liverpool (full list here), which will now have to reapply for financial assistance.
It's long-winded, but I thought it would be best to include it all here rather than generalise so you can draw your own conclusions.
If you're in the mood (are we ever?) for thinking more about the cuts, here are a few links to three different points of view on the subject...
JUST a quick reminder that silversmith Kevin O'Dwyer is giving the Gardner-Medwin lecture at the Bluecoat Display Centre from 2.30-3.30pm tomorrow (Thursday November 4). It ties into the ongoing exhibition Sparkling Party, which runs until November 13.
His work is collected by Nelson Mandela and the Japanese Imperial Family, and his creative influences include Irish prehistoric art, Bronze-Age artefacts, early monastic metalwork and 20th-century design and architecture.
Tickets cost ÃÂ£4.95 (ÃÂ£3.95 concs).
THE final piece of Tatton Park Biennial has been removed. These photographs show Marcia Farquar's wooden rocking horse, The Horse is a Noble Animal, being taken away by tractor.
Weighing around 750 kg, nearly 5m long and 4m tall, it was made to commission by a craftsman from Yorkshire. During the festival, the artist sat on the horse and treated onlookers to a seemingly stream-of-consciousness commentary on aspects of English absurdity, horse-play and class.
LIVERPOOL actor Margi Clarke is taking part in a Clapperboard Presents event on Monday.
If you aren't familiar with this series of film screening with accompanying Q&A sessions then they are worth checking out as they not only have interesting guests and give you the chance to see the films on a big screen, but they also raise money for charity.
PRETTY chuffed by this - after I posted a photographer of New Jersey man James Lehr's John Lennon tattoo as part of this blog post about the late Beatle's 70th birthday celebrations, he found the blog and commented on it.
Here is what he had to say. . .
Thank you liverpool for John Lennon. This has not ben the first celebration for John nor will it be the last. I was compelled to get that tattoo that got me recognized by Tina Fineberg in Central Park on that beautiful Sat morning.
I had just had the tattoo done a few months ago and had not realy displayed it till that day.
YOU could always trust the Greek Gods to meddle in the affairs of humans who were otherwise basically muddling along fine.
And so it is in Spike Theatre's latest clever-but-silly creation The Games, which, we are told, is a lost classic by comic playwright Aristophanes pieced together by historians from scraps of papyrus and pottery shards.
Chief god Zeus and his son Hercules (played by clowning expert Jamie Wood with a tiny puppet body strapped to his neck) each place their bets on a human to be most victorious in that year's Olympic Games.
THE Liverpool Biennial is looking for volunteers for it's naked corner. Don't worry, you don't have to strip right off, you just have to stand in a shop window in your underwear as people walking past stop to gawp. Easy right?
The Naked Corner - in the former Rapid Hardware on Renshaw Street - is a piece by Daniel Knorr, who represented Romania at the 2005 Venice Biennale and has exhibited extensively in Europe and further overseas. Participants have a selection of advertising slogans written on their skin to highlight the contradiction in copyrighting (privatising) language, a realm that should have no ownership.
Convinced yet? If so email Melanie to register your interest. If not then perhaps these testamonies from people who have already taken part will inspire you to sign up.
I'M GOING to my fifth Anthology performance at the Everyman tonight - I'm attempting to see all seven stories. Initially I was planning to write a round-up of them at the end but halfway seems a good point to pause and reflect of what I have already seen.
Rather than write a review of each just yet (I will do soon), here are some notes on Anthology as a whole. It has been an interesting and captivating experience that I hope many of you have had the chance to share.
Kevin Harvey as Jacko in Cardboard Guitarman
Feel free to share your own experiences in the comments section at the bottom - I'd love to hear what other people have made of it.
SO IT'S the morning after the nightmare before and we're all feeling a lot poorer. But just how badly have the arts been hit by yesterday's spending review announcement?
Here's the piece I wrote for today's paper and some comments from DaDa CEO Ruth Gould.
She makes a number of interesting points of relevance beyond the current situation, including the employment rate of disabled people (50%), that the arts give people with a disability a voice when they usually struggle to be heard and the suggestion that they are discriminated against because their bodies are a reminder of everyone's mortality.
DaDa Fest launches next month. As one of Liverpool's most exciting and subversive festivals I strongly recommend it.