The Big Give
"We Double Your Donation" yells the large banner headline at the top of the Big Give website, a fund raising push financed by the Reed Foundation to raise money for various charities across the UK. Sounds good, you donate...
Published in The EvilImp™ on December 12, 2010 4:19 PM
The Other Cartoon
Arts funding, it's fair to everybody, as long as you know the right people of course!
Published in The EvilImp™ on December 7, 2010 5:39 PM
Which door is for you?...
Published in The EvilImp™ on November 26, 2010 6:09 PM
The Corruption Question
Over the next few months arts organisations that are currently in receipt of ACE funding on a regular basis (RFOs) are writing applications to be included in the new 'National Portfolio Funding Programme'. Some will be successful and some will...
Published in The EvilImp™ on November 17, 2010 1:50 PM
The Pile On
No, we're not talking about the things that hold electric cables out of reach from the curious hands of small children. We're talking about "piling on" when things are bad but you just need to keep kicking! So, a couple...
Published in The EvilImp™ on November 1, 2010 2:59 PM
Yesterday Arts Council England (ACE) announced that all of its regularly funded organisations (RFO) will be taking a cut in funding from them of 6.9% based on their budgets for the current financial year. If you check below you can...
Published in The EvilImp™ on October 27, 2010 3:55 PM
Bad Acting, Bad Advocacy
DanceUK, the UK dance advocacy group, is relaunching its Dance Vote website or re-tasking it, whichever you prefer. It first appeared pre-election to get prospective candidates to voice their support for dance. On this occasion the aim is to get...
Published in The EvilImp™ on October 7, 2010 12:00 AM
Jeremy Hunt Is An Idiot
Now, we wanted to be a bit more blunt with the headline by way of an expletive orientated intensifier to make it "Jeremy Hunt is a F****** Idiot". Alas, editorial guidelines don't allow it so onward and upward. The...
Published in The EvilImp™ on September 17, 2010 1:41 PM
Save The Arts!
Now the title of this campaign might be a little on the melodramatic side but the intention is a least honourable. Organised by the Turning Point Network in London the idea is to get some high profile artists (whatever...
Published in The EvilImp™ on September 13, 2010 4:04 PM
This BBC, This Slap on Head
Update: 11/09/10 - The BBC has repeated the inaccurate assertions made in another news story regarding funding cuts [here]. Did anything good ever come out of a survey? Politics, shopping, film, television, etc are all surveyed to oblivion but...
Published in The EvilImp™ on September 6, 2010 1:06 PM
64 people have been taken to hospital this past Monday suffering from a variety of maladies ranging from catatonia to severe stroke following a mass reading of the latest press release from The Place concerning The Place Prize®™. Those...
Published in The EvilImp™ on August 26, 2010 1:00 PM
It occurs to us, here in TheLab™, that despite the information overload in todays world of super cell phones, laptops, iJesus devices and so much other nonsense that dance companies don't talk about each other very much.
Published in The EvilImp™ on August 18, 2010 11:58 AM
For a slight change of pace we bring you some images from this past April of Candoco Dance Company's premiere of their new touring production 'Renditions'. Renditions, featuring work from Emanual Gat, Wendy Houstoun and Sarah Michelson will be...
Published in The EvilImp™ on August 17, 2010 7:43 PM
New Art Annoying (Updated)
Social Media, depending on your point of view, is either marketing heaven, free and easy to use, or a hellish wasteland of crap that is free and easy to annoy the hell out of people with. If companies play...
Published in The EvilImp™ on July 22, 2010 4:37 PM
Regular readers of Article19 will know that we, here in TheLab™, have little time for the AD of Sadler's Wells Theatre Alistair Spalding. We have our reasons, do some digging to find out why. That said the man came good...
Published in The EvilImp™ on July 19, 2010 10:16 PM
A letter sent by Arts Council England (ACE) to their client list of Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) tells those organisations to make preparation for cuts to their annual budgets of 10%. The letter, signed by ACE's Chief Exec Alan Davey,...
Published in The EvilImp™ on July 16, 2010 4:02 PM
It's time to put the horseshoes in the boxing gloves and start swinging because the politicians are coming after the arts and pretty much everything else in christendom. In our editorial 'Get Off the Floor' we pointed out that should...
Published in The EvilImp™ on July 1, 2010 3:25 PM
Gimme a "D", Gimme a "C"
On the funding ladder of life, just one rung above Arts Council England (ACE), is yet another acronym. the DCMS, The Department for Culture Media and Sport. Although they recently added the Olympics in there somewhere the civil service appears...
Published in The EvilImp™ on June 23, 2010 11:19 AM
The Cowardly Lion [cub]
Normally when an arts organisation is putting out press releases about their revolutionary new thing they really do love it when you get in touch and ask them for an interview. It gives them a chance to answer a lot of soft soap questions in a vain attempt to convince an unimpressed world that they're thing really is, this time, going to change the world.
Published in The EvilImp™ on June 8, 2010 2:17 PM
Arts Council England CEO Alan "Wavey" Davey has been sounding off in the papers, well, The Stage, but still, about the new UK coalition government and their saber rattling about cuts to the arts, "sharing the pain", and so much...
Published in The EvilImp™ on May 20, 2010 5:45 PM
Surveying the Ridiculous
In our piece 'quoted' we argued that dance companies should stop using pull quotes from critics because, to be blunt, critics are ridiculous and caring about what they think is like caring if a serial killer has easy access to...
Published in The EvilImp™ on May 10, 2010 11:20 AM
A few days ago we received an email straight out of the "fact is stranger than fiction department" from Random Dance [Company] (yes, that Random Dance [Company]) (what's with all the damn brackets? Ed!) It said this; "Hello, I am...
Published in The EvilImp™ on April 29, 2010 12:52 PM
Conventional wisdom goes that if your show is not very successful, in terms of audience numbers, then the reason must be that your show is either no good or the art form is not very popular. Conventional wisdom is of...
Published in The EvilImp™ on April 15, 2010 1:14 PM
Taking a page from the playbook of political activists in the United States (and closer to home) DanceUK has launched 'Dance Vote 2010' in an effort to make political candidates for the up and coming 2010 General Election in the...
Published in The EvilImp™ on April 8, 2010 12:19 PM
Every so often, here in TheLab™, we get a press release that we throw in the trash, then we read it, take it out of the trash, then throw it back in again because, to be blunt, it's a...
Published in The EvilImp™ on March 25, 2010 4:13 PM
If you're new to the wacky world of dance then there is a pretty good chance you will turn to the internet looking for information about this most beleaguered of professions. What is it? Why is it? Where is...
Published in The EvilImp™ on February 22, 2010 11:21 AM
File this one under "It's Funny Because It's Sadler's Wells Which *Is Dance* But They Didn't Read Their Funding Guidelines Properly So Let's Laugh Near Them, Not At Them!" Over the last year or so a question has been niggling...
Published in The EvilImp™ on February 18, 2010 7:50 PM
Why It's Different
It sometimes comes up in conversation why things are different for professional dancers compared to other folks doing their particular, non dance, job. Why do we focus on dancer's pay and health provision so much, what's all the fuss about?...
Published in The EvilImp™ on February 18, 2010 5:24 PM
Writings and rambling in the press are telling anybody that will listen that the current crop of dance shows on television, 'So You Think You Can Dance' and their ilk are cheap and nasty but they're good for dance.
Published in The EvilImp™ on February 5, 2010 3:52 PM
The above video features author Ken Robinson making a presentation at TED (Technology, Education, Design) discussing how children need to be taught to be creative rather than purely academic. Quite a bit of the presentation is concerned with dance.