& so one day the big Arts Organisation in its wisest wisdom did think - OK I got to save some money partly in order to build digital capacity among the greater organisations and so....yes, I will chop off smaller organisations who have got the digital capacity already. What a good idea.
And because the Government is supporting the Big Society and believes that small is beautiful I will cut out some small digitally skilled organisations especially if they are based in rural areas like the south west because really they are no more than dots on the map and we want a grander purpose so we will prioritise some institutions that give us headlines. And no doubt the small will thrive cos the small is beautiful no? NO?
Apr 1, 2011 09:03:42 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
Tiny keyboard, clumsy fingers.
Sender: "Curating digital art - www.crumbweb.org"
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 23:56:25
Subject: Re: [NEW-MEDIA-CURATING] Ace funding
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 won’t 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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