Sunday, 7 December 2014

...white riot

To artists and free thinkers: reimagine, change, attack… 
If you leave it up to the local council, will those pesky holes in the roads ever get filled in? I think not. Step forward artist Jim Bachor to fix up the crumbling streets of Chicago. 

If you leave it up to the Education Minister, you’d more or less do away with the arts in the curriculum. Whilst ministers come and go(ve) you just can take the chance in re-electing the same pernicious monsters. Step forward artist Bob and Roberta Smith (AKA Patrick Brill) who is standing against that very same ministerial rejection when the creature stands in the general election in 5 months time. 

‘Although Mr Gove left his post as Education Secretary, following a Cabinet reshuffle in July, to become the Tory’s chief whip, Brill said he is running against him as the “architect” of the policies that have marginalised arts in schools.’

“He has become a fulcrum to say the arts are really important in this country,” he said. “It’s a chance to say a lot of positive things about the arts rather than just bashing politicians.”

If you leave it up to the mainstream media, to tell us what is happening in the world truthfully and accurately, will we get the full unbalanced picture? Step forward John Pilger and the War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda.

‘The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government”. It is the government. It rules directly without fear of contradiction and its principal aim is the conquest of us: our sense of the world, our ability to separate truth from lies.’

‘The information age is actually a media age. We have war by media; censorship by media; demonology by media; retribution by media; diversion by media – a surreal assembly line of obedient clichés and false assumptions.’

Gemma Climbs Her Mountain is an arts-council-funded multi-media performance showing for one night only at Media City at 7.30 on Wednesday 10th December. It tells the story of a woman coming to terms with an incurable disease. It's a work in progress to be followed by a Q&A with the artistic team and we are hoping to attract interest from producers and venues with a view to touring the piece next year. But even if you just want to come along and experience this weird and wonderful - and uplifting - work then you can book your FREE tickets by following this link: 

Funding to Connect Children with the Arts 
The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts is inviting applications from arts organisations that are interested in being part of their Start programme, and are looking to recruit 8-10 new partners for the 2015/16 academic year supporting each project for at least 3 years. Start seeks to support cultural venues (e.g. theatres, museums, galleries and orchestras) to enable them to build partnerships with selected primary and secondary schools in their local areas, enabling children to experience the very best of the arts. Local authority venues can also apply as can non-venues so long as they can demonstrate a committed partnership with a venue that will last throughout the three years of the project. Children & the Arts will provide financial support to a maximum of £15,000 per project per year in years one and two, and a maximum of £10,500 in year three. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 30th January 2015. Read more by clicking on the lad with the glass of water on his head!

Unlimited Arts Fund for Disabled Artists 
Disabled artists and arts organisations with a strong track record in their field can apply for funding from Unlimited to create and present new work, across all art forms. The work may still be at a very early stage of conception, or have already undergone some research and development. The Unlimited commission awards will range between £20,000 - £80,000 depending on scale and ambition (for Wales-based artists this is capped at £60,000). If you're thinking of applying you can book a 30 minute session to talk to the Unlimited team about your plans. They will be able to advise you about the scheme, its criteria and definitions in more depth and talk through your project proposal answering any questions you might have. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 2nd February 2015. Read more at:                                

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