Yes a letter to journalists as soon as possible is the way to go, can we collectively draft it here? With some international input too please from those of you on this list who have been followers and supporters of new media art in England... It would also be good to have some voices from the new media art orgs that were successful, such as furtherfield and lighthouse perhaps, who could comment on what the loss of their extended networks means for their work? Mike, what does it mean for AND fest that one of the three orgs behind it was cut; rebecca what does it mean for AV fest that partners in the city such as Amino or Isis were not successful?
Does anyone have any names of journalists we could contact? it is hard not to see it as massive de investment in a little understood or appreciated artform.
Hurried thoughts from London... If any non British based readers on this list have thoughts or need an explanation, do speak up!
On 31 Mar 2011, at 11:08, Gary Thomas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Ditto what Taylor, Mat and Mike said..
> And I think Ele's suggestion of a letter to The Guardian would do no harm.
> (It was only after the guardian's cutsblog mentioned that our gfta had been rejected that ace called us to encourage us to resubmit)
> This isn't just about cuts - it's about a lack of balance in their friggin portfolio!
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> From: Ele Carpenter <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Date: 30 March 2011 21:50:33 GMT+01:00
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: [NEW-MEDIA-CURATING] ACE funding
>>> Reply-To: Ele Carpenter <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Here is the list of organisations to be cut on Guardian blog:
>>> It's such a long list it's hard to comprehend - and as Clive says the
>>> media arts seem very hard hit within the percentage of visual arts
>>> cuts. I'm sure there's someone on this list who can download the
>>> Guardian data and do the maths?
>>> Whilst everyone is reeling in shock, could we draft a letter to the
>>> Guardian? At don't think it's gonna make a difference - but visibility
>>> seems important. Maybe there'll be a Media Arts Block with the
>>> http://artsagainstcuts.wordpress.com protests now.... ?
>>> Any ideas?
>>> On 30 March 2011 20:45, Clive Gillman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> Don't want to start a new line, but it feels like some comment is needed on
>>>> the complete wipeout of ACE-funded organisations working with new media
>>>> announced today - folly, PVA, Mute, Access Space, Lovebytes, Proboscis,
>>>> Vivid. Been out of the loop in England, but is that it for Arts Council
>>>> England support for new media ?
>>> Ele Carpenter
>>> Lecturer, MFA Curating, Dept of Art, Goldsmiths College, Uni of London.
>>> m: +44 (0)7989 502 191