For people who don't subscribe to the newsletter from onedotzero, I'm
forwarding the letter from Shane Walter, Director, regarding their
complete 100% cut in funding.
>> ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND DECISION
>> onedotzero has received news from arts council england [ACE] that
>> we will have ALL our funding completely cut from 2012 onwards. many
>> other digitally directed organisations face the same fate and our
>> thoughts are with those colleagues, friends, and partners many
>> leaders in their field.
>> onedotzero wont be going but it will inevitably have to change. we
>> will still deliver our annual festival this november at the BFI
>> Southbank - in our 15th year at the collision of digital arts,
>> culture and entertainment. as many have said we have always been
>> innovative and so must use our strengths and skills to rethink our
>> future slightly differently. change is no bad thing and we feel new
>> opportunities and new ways of doing things lie ahead. we have had
>> super supportive messages from our partners and community. this is
>> something funding cannot touch or stop.
>> these cuts have hit vital organizations like animate, mute,
>> lumen,lovebytes and others effectively a whole tranche of
>> artistic practice, a digital culture that has not been replaced and
>> now not part of the arts councils plans in the uk. all were told
>> their work is valued but not enough to be funded it seems. this
>> is because these hybrid, cross media organisations, their work,
>> audiences and the artists they represent are just not understood by
>> the decision makers at ACE or the establishment.
>> there are some great progressive companies that operate in moving
>> image that did receive funding, including b3 media, film + video
>> umbrella and lux. we wholeheartedly congratulate them on securing a
>> future they should be funded too. they cover a certain area of
>> artistic practice that has only a small crossover with the
>> workonedotzero and others do however.
>> not only is this shortsighted it will weaken the arguably leading
>> position uk new media and digital art has on a global stage and the
>> scene that exists here. onedotzero has consistently delivered huge
>> audiences through its festival at the BFI Southbank, international
>> and nationwide tours, exhibitions like decode at the v&a, education
>> and commissioning projects over the last decade and a half.
>> if you have ideas for the future on how we can work together,
>> partner or support our activities, as ever, we are always keen to
>> hear from you.
>> thank you again for your ongoing support of onedotzero, this area
>> of contemporary culture and the great creators we continue to
>> showcase and develop. please show your support and ACE that this is
>> a viable vibrant arts and cultural sector by making this festival
>> the best yet.
>> to future adventures!
>> shane rj walter, director
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