The Week January 6th - January 10th

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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WEEK.jpgSo what happened in this, the first week of the new year in the wacky world of the arts, well, not that much.

ACE Grand Bargain

The Stage is reporting (stop laughing at the back) that Arts Council England is going to start using lottery money to prop up help out the NPO organisations because of cuts to central funding.

"...from 2015/16 to 2017/18, it will employ an estimated £60 million of Lottery money annually to help fund its national portfolio organisations."

Just in-case you are not up to speed, regular ACE funding comes from taxes and all the other money comes from the National Lottery. The money from the Lottery is supposed to be "additional" to the regular core funding, the so called "additionality principle" which until now you thought was a bad Liam Neeson movie! (there are good Liam Neeson movies? Ed!)

"The arts council has said that it believes that the funding arrangement does not breach the additionality principle because the extra Lottery money will allow it to fund additional organisations that it would not have been able to afford to fund solely using grant-in-aid money from 2015/16."

Some would say that using Lottery money for core funding is just asking for that core funding to be cut entirely. We say that Lottery money has been used to fund massively expensive white elephant projects for years (hello Rambert Dance Company's new building) so what else is new?

Also, if you have money and some rules say you can't use it to save organisations and companies that actually matter then there's not a whole lot of point having the money in the first place.

The Stage also insists on continuing to use a photo of Alan Davey (ACE CEO) which makes it look like he has no teeth. There is apparently no image that illustrates Mr Davey's, very obvious, complete lack of a spine. (ouch, Ed!)

[ Source: The Stage ]

Among Friends

This just in from The Civil Society. If you don't know who the Civil Society are then take a number and get in line but it's the first week of the year so we'll take what we can get.

Apparently the folks at the Tate gallery have been up to no good. Not only are they getting slapped around by the Charities Commission for buying work from their own trustees they are also giving priority to exhibit work from those same trustees;

"In 2006 the Tate was condemned by the Charity Commission for showing "serious shortcomings" when it bought artwork from its own trustees. This included work by Chris Ofili, a former boyfriend of [Tomma] Abts. (one of their trustees)"
Critics have complained of a conflict of interest at the charity as paintings by German artist Tomma Abts are being displayed as part of the gallery's 'Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists' exhibition. Abts is one of 14 trustees appointed by the Prime Minister to oversee the running of the organisation.

So far so apparently evil and up to no good. What's that we hear you say? Corrupt practices, favouritism and blind faith in the arts, say it aint so! The Tate, for their part, claim they are not despicable, mendacious, neer-do-wells with all the ethics and morality of a North Korean supreme leader. Or, you know, whatever....

[ Source: The Civil Society ]

This Week in Tweets

ACE announced that the process for applying for NPO funding was open, we had a straight forward response.

The Big bad never did reply, because they never do, see reference above to lack of spine.

Have a nice weekend.

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