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Yesterday, here in TheLab™, we published our 200th video feature on Article19, a comprehensive look at the Cloud Dance Festival in London and some of the dance makers involved. The oldest video feature on Article19 has been online for over...

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 3, 2013 12:43 PM

The Long Con

The mighty guardians of the arts in the United Kingdom - Arts Council England - have been, of late, making a big push into what they would probably describe as the digital realm. For ACE it's all digital all the...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 19, 2013 12:51 PM

Whose Work Is It Anyway?

Long time followers of Article19 will know that one of the things that makes us unique are the video features we run as often as possible. Here in TheLab™ we don't just use promo videos from dance companies and re-publish...

Published in The EvilImp™ on October 13, 2013 11:19 PM

The Apprentice

Verve13 from Northern School of Contemporary Dance A few weeks ago we wrote about the comically misguided and completely unjustifiable situation Arts Council England had gotten itself into with the £400,000* annual funding for (Sadler's Wells Theatre) the National...

Published in The EvilImp™ on August 21, 2013 11:08 PM

Two Tier Arts

Anybody who has received funding from Arts Council England, or any other type of funding for that matter, will know that numbers are everything. Especially when it comes to audience numbers for the performing arts. Numbers can make or...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 1, 2013 12:16 PM

No More Spreadsheets

Two weeks ago Arts Council England contacted us via Twitter to ask if we would like to write a "blog post" for them. To be honest it did take a while for that request to get past our "WTF" filter....

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 26, 2013 11:12 AM

Down In Flames

Last week the much anticipated, by some at least, televised "debate" in the House of Commons (the UK's legislative body) about the wide world of culture rapidly descended into the "not worth bothering with" territory that we, here in TheLab™,...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 24, 2013 10:39 AM

Not So Fast, Baz

On Friday last week the announcement was made by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) that Arts Council England (ACE) would, in all probability, receive a 5% cut to their funding for the year 2015/2016. The announcement...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 17, 2013 11:28 AM

Mass Hysteria, sort of

The rumours are swirling, or at least staggering about like an asthmatic mouse, that the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is a goner if the up and coming Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) has anything to do with it....

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 30, 2013 12:17 PM

Curator Without A Clue

We have written often, here in TheLab™, about the fact that when the self appointed upper echelons of the arts complain about funding they often come across as self-serving, pompous buffoons. The reason they sound like self-serving, pompous buffoons is...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 27, 2013 7:37 PM

Blissful Ignorance

A couple of weeks ago a minor storm erupted when an audition notice for Ace Dance and Music, based in Birmingham, was released that stated the company would charge dancers £20 each for attending. Charging for auditions (or in this...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 9, 2013 12:47 PM

Specifically Unspecific

On Sunday a comment appeared on our piece "Then We Could Stop" which is, in and of itself, a comment on a request for Article19 to change the way we do things around here. "If you were good writers then...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 22, 2013 11:17 AM

The Good Stuff

For a long time it's all been about cuts, cuts, cuts in the arts and everywhere else. The world is having a fire sale and if the media was to be believed the four horseman of the apocalypse are merely...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 15, 2013 11:13 AM

Then we could stop!

It was mentioned to us, here in TheLab™, a few days ago that our "attitude" might not be helping. We should, perhaps, let the facts speak for themselves and leave our particular brand of satire, sarcasm and hooliganism at the...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 26, 2013 1:17 AM

Fully Immersed, Totally Engaged

Some newspaper or other was reporting on the exploits of professional hair care products salesperson Justin Bieber. What the story was about is irrelevant but the online piece included a tweet, from Mr Bieber, embedded in the story which stated...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 18, 2013 1:44 AM

Taking the Flack

A reader asked us why Article19 didn't ask Arts Council England any questions regarding the announcement from the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton about the fact the theatre was going into administration and essentially closing down. Arts Council England was one...

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 24, 2013 10:04 PM

Theatrical People Problem

Many folks working in the performing arts will tell you that one of the biggest problems they have is actually getting people into the theatre in the first place. Judging by the behaviour of certain ushers at one particular theatre...

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 19, 2013 11:54 PM

WMD Discovered

In October last year we covered the story of a £22,000 website being built by the NDA DanceXchange, in Birmingham. At that time they declined to answer any questions about it but since the project is a website it had to show its face one day, and that day has come.

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 11, 2013 5:08 PM

Malevolent Ego

We passed on making fun of the National Dance Awards (NDA) this year because, let's face it, there's not a whole lot more to say that we haven't said already. The Critics Circle, who decide the winners of these awards,...

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 4, 2013 4:35 PM

Conceptual Research Crazy

Have you ever listened to programmers and theatre directors talk about "their" audience? You probably have at some point, especially if you've ever tried to get your work programmed in a theatre of some description. You might have been told...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 27, 2013 10:09 PM

The Audition Notice

Here in TheLab™ we get a lot of audition notices for a wide variety of jobs. Sometimes there's a problem though and its usually with the way the notice is written. More often than not notices are composed so that...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 22, 2013 10:45 PM

Al Capone Economics

Last week, Arts Professional revealed that one of Arts Council England's senior employees, Andrea Stark (Executive Director), had left her position with the funding monolith for pastures new at the High House Production Park in Essex. The chairman of that...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 22, 2013 12:38 PM

The Funding Gap.

Money Money Money! What are we going to do with all this cutting, the austerity, the terrible policies, the madness of it all? The Big Bad (ACE) is about to hand down another, albeit smaller, cut to the arts in...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 14, 2013 11:36 AM

Don't You Dare

Just before the Christmas break further cuts were announced by the government which were then passed on to their departments which were then passed onto organisations like Arts Council England (ACE). Over the next two years, ending in 2015, ACE...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 2, 2013 5:38 PM

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