Sunday, 24 April 2016

‘The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.’

Thanks to the economist JK Galbraith for that pithy observation.

Your blogger is quite a keen European and whilst not wanting to knock those in favour of staying in Europe, HM Treasury has left me unimpressed by reducing the argument to stay, to the ‘dismal science!’ Again, biased assumptions and dummy variables illustrated through the most impenetrable pseudo-scientific equations and designed to blind the pubic with maths. These equations are intended to stump you, by quantifying how we’ll all be poorer if we leave.

Just give us a good argument you gibbering fools, give us reasons, provocations and narrative to inform our decision making, not your ridiculous manufactured 'objectivity'.

Applications for tickets now available
Last week I mentioned our free event with colleagues from Arts Promotion Centre Finland on Tuesday 17th May between 10:00 and 15:00. You can now apply for a ticket by clicking on the image of Alpo Aaltokoski below. Tickets are very limited, so please only book if you intend to come.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have published:
The Culture White Paper
If you’ve not already seen it, ‘this is the first white paper for culture in more than 50 years and only the second ever published. It is the latest contribution to our approach to public support for art and culture.”

There’s a lot in it and I’m pleased that they acknowledge the ongoing work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts and Health, specifically:

‘We will work with Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Public Health England to build on the findings of this programme; to ensure that publicly-funded cultural events and programmes have a cumulative positive effect on health; and to respond to the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts and Health when it reports on arts and health policy next year.’

They also acknowledge that, ‘more work is required to understand the impact of culture on some of the high level outcomes, in particular subjective wellbeing’

You can read the full report HERE.

The Royal Society for Public Health... 
...are awarding the latest round of gongs to those who put themselves forward for an arts and health award. If you fancy a bash, the details are on the flyer above. It has to be noted that whilst it's a public health award, the criteria seem less focused on communities and the social determinants of health and more on arts and music in hospitals and hospices!  
For more information and details of how to nominate yourself, click HERE.

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects
The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 27th June 2016. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Read more by clicking on the Lee Miller photograph above.

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