There will be some possibilities for the HE sector to develop 
partnerships but we're reeling too.
I've just come from a faculty meeting where the head of HR (Human 
Remains) told us we're all going to receive offers to take voluntary 
I'm tempted.

<irony>It's been a great couple of days</irony>

The AHRC are still committed to exploring the digital humanities so some 
cleverly drafted bids may offer some succour there.

But only some...

all the best


On 31/03/2011 16:10, honor wrote:
> Hy Simon,
> This is a brilliant example, and illuminating indeed.  I know you didn't mean to
> imply that the myriad of potential silver-linings, behind the funding-cut cloud,
> are all in Universities and Arts Schools. But, that said, it is important to
> point out that in contrast with the situation in Scotland, in England vast fee
> increases imposed on students are going to have a severe impact on the ongoing
> viability of many art schools and many University arts and humanities
> departments.  So the kinds of collaborations and partnerships you're proposing
> are going to be challenging here.  But of course, not impossible.
> Best,
> Honor
> Quoting Simon Biggs<[log in to unmask]>:
>> One example I'd like to put forward is New Media Scotland. They lost their
>> core funding as the Scottish Arts Council morphed into Creative Scotland,
>> which no longer "funds" the arts but "invests" in creative initiatives and
>> start-ups (they hope to get their money back).
>> NMS still has devolved responsibility for running Alt-W, which is the main
>> revenue stream that artists can apply to in Scotland for developing new work
>> with digital media. But NMS receives no funding to run itself, pay staff or
>> rent. It is expected to be responsible for these devolved funds for no
>> reward (Creative Scotland are indeed very clever).
>> NMS solved the problem by going into partnership with the University of
>> Edinburgh, who needed somebody to run their new Inspace art/science
>> facility. This provides NMS with a physical home, salary costs and a venue
>> for supporting artists developmental work and to present exhibitions,
>> performances and other events.
>> This has worked brilliantly as Edinburgh now hosts one of the most dynamic
>> and best resourced venues in the country for new media work across the
>> creative arts and at the juncture of art and science research. In this sense
>> the loss of State funding has led to a better outcome than otherwise might
>> have been the case. Mutual need led to something greater than the
>> constituent parts.
>> Whilst it is bad that organisations and groups south of the border have lost
>> funds it might be possible that a few can find a silver lining and develop
>> new ways of functioning through various novel partnerships.
>> Best
>> Simon
>> On 31/03/2011 14:42, "honor"<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>> Like Marc, I have been reeling from the news of yesterday and conferring
>> with
>>> colleagues about what has happened, and what we should do.
>>> Drew Hemment (director, FutureEverything), and I touched base yesterday,
>> and
>>> Marc and I touched base this morning, and we feel we need to reach out to
>> all
>>> the organisations hit so hard.
>>> It seems clear that nationally, the media arts / digital arts landscape has
>>> been
>>> completely ravaged with funding cuts to a wide range of significant
>>> organisations who have helped shape and define the field over many the
>> years.
>>> onedotzero, folly, Proboscis, Lumen, Mute, Isis, Lovebytes, SCAN,
>>> Labculture/PVA, AccessSpace, Vivid, Picture This, and several others have
>> lost
>>> funding, as far as we know.  Several other organisations who have been very
>>> influential in the digital art space, including our friends, ArtSway in the
>>> New
>>> Forest, Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight, and Moti Roti in London, have also
>>> been
>>> cut. In addition, many other organisations who have been doing valuable
>> work -
>>> including Animate Projects - were not funded.
>>> It seems to us that that half the digital visual arts organisations active
>> in
>>> the UK have been cut.
>>> This is a massive shock and loss to us all.
>>> It is clear there will be more need than ever to form partnerships, and
>> work
>>> collaboratively, and there will be huge pressure on those organisations who
>>> have emerged in one piece.
>>> We am not sure yet how precisely we deal with this, or whether we need to
>>> formalise our solidarity, but I think it is so important for us to
>>> collectively
>>> recognise that media and digital has been a serious loser in the past two
>>> days.
>>> We believe now is a time to stand up to be counted, and to extend the
>>> collaborative ethos and goodwill that already characterises our sector.
>>> Do people feel we could usefully swap notes on tangible ways we can better
>>> work
>>> together?
>>> Best wishes,
>>> Honor Harger
>>> Director, Lighthouse
>>> Quoting marc garrett<[log in to unmask]>:
>>>> Hi Sarah&  all,
>>>> I have been discussing the subject myself on other lists such as
>>>> netbehavour&  to others privately through email...
>>>> I am extremely angry.
>>>> Yesterday was a significant day. A big shift politically, where the
>>>> ideology of an neo-liberalist agenda successfully disarmed half of the
>>>> media art orgnizations in the UK. Some excellent groups who were grass
>>>> roots, doing amazing stuff were attacked. I can't even bring myself to
>>>> mention their names at present, because it feels too raw. Already in the
>>>> UK, artist groups have been just about surviving on minimal amounts of
>>>> income. Yet due to generous dedication, enthusiasm and imaginative
>>>> approaches we have all witnessed an expansive and valuable contribution
>>>> to society, as well as towards the arts across the board. Our endeavors
>>>> collectively and separately have influenced many of the younger
>>>> generation to take on and consider the practice of media art in their
>>>> own practice. But also, (of course) it has been watered down by the less
>>>> critically engaged sectors of art culture also. This more reflects the
>>>> vulnerability of media arts (related) practice, in respect of its
>>>> presence and status in the art world and every day culture.
>>>> There has been, and still are excellent digital and media art
>>>> organizations and groups receiving revenue in the UK from Arts Council
>>>> funding, actively changing things via their own, critical approaches.
>>>> Media art organizations across the board deserve more attention and
>>>> appreciation regarding its high output and intelligent production. By
>>>> closing over half of them down, cutting off the supply of revenue when
>>>> these organizations have been offering so much quality to our culture,
>>>> whilst receiving a reasonably modest sum is not only short sighted, but
>>>> serves in sending us all a message that there exists an active bias
>>>> towards more established and privileged sectors in the art world. Gone
>>>> are the days when art was supported because of its challenging contexts,
>>>> it is now more about what fits in via a top-down agenda, not the
>>>> criticalness of the art or culture itself, as a whole.
>>>> As some may have noticed, our funding is at the lower end of the scale,
>>>> and obviously fails to reflect sufficiently the amount of hard work we
>>>> actually put into getting everything up and going. A seven day a week
>>>> job, with thousands of hours missing from our personal lives. We were
>>>> lucky to slip through and somehow remain funded. But, to be honest - it
>>>> does not feel that positive when looking around at what's left, as half
>>>> of our culture has been deleted in one day. I have always valued the
>>>> networked elements of having peer practitioners out there to share
>>>> ideas, as well as be challenged, informed and re-educated by them.
>>>> The recent cuts are unethical and declare a shallow contempt towards
>>>> others who wish to explore more adventurous solutions creatively.
>>>> Already the established art world was content with propping up useless
>>>> and culturally vapid artists via unquestioning protocols and lazy
>>>> initiatives. It has aways been a difficult terrain to deal with when
>>>> having to re-educate those who were not willing to engage with media art
>>>> contexts, even though they ran galleries and art magazines and proposed
>>>> a (supposed) agenda towards new forms of art practice, hypocritically.
>>>> It is not only the Government and its neo-liberal onslaught on anything
>>>> of human value and worth, that has helped in hurting our once dynamic
>>>> and thriving culture - it was the systemic ignorance of a hermetically
>>>> sealed art world also.
>>>> marc.
>>>> wishing you well.
>>>>> Hi all
>>>>> 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!
>>>>> Sarah
>>>>> 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!
>>>>>> gt
>>>>>>> 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:
>>> ding
>>>>>>>> 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
>>>>>>>> protests now.... ?
>>>>>>>> Any ideas?
>>>>>>>> Ele
>>>>>>>> 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
>>>>>>>> Curator
>>>>>>>> Lecturer, MFA Curating, Dept of Art, Goldsmiths College, Uni of
>> London.
>>>>>>>> m: +44 (0)7989 502 191
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