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Arts and the Recession


Arts and the Recession

Arts and the Recession encourages discourse on the current economic crisis and its effect on the Arts. How has the recession affected funding, museum and gallery exhibitions, Arts programming, and sales? Post articles, Comment, and Share thoughts !

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Latest Activity: Jun 27, 2010

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Comment by Mik Godley on July 23, 2009 at 15:26
This is connected, in my opinion: -

criticalnetwork says NO! to the Cultural Olympiad

"We have been receiving a large number of submissions regarding events that form part of the Cultural Olympiad. Please note that we will not list any events that form part of this pointless, hegemonic and excessively drawn-out programme.

"As a collective of artists practising throughout the UK we directly oppose the Cultural Olympiad at every level on the basis that it aims to co-opt the work of artists to white wash the crimes of the 2012 Olympics and manufacture an appearance of acceptability at the expensive of (primarily grassroots) arts activity throughout the UK.

"A large proportion (more than £200m) of the ludicrous £10bn cost of the 2012 Olympics is being redistributed from the arts sector nationally and is creating a culture in which artists and art organisations are compromising their integrity, desperately trying to incorporate irrelevant Olympic themes in to their work in the hope of receiving financial support. The Cultural Olympiad is the folly of cultural middle-managers and policy makers, it is art as tourism, it is the Capital City over the rest of the country, it is not going to feature on criticalnetwork."
Comment by Whitney Jordan on April 7, 2009 at 9:56
Thanks for the comment Mik. Please feel free to comment on the articles and upload your own. As a non-artist involved in the Arts, Ive learned its so imperative to listen to the Artists because they are the visual storytellers of a generation. So its really interesting to see the work that will appear from the recession
Comment by Mik Godley on April 2, 2009 at 0:01
Thanks for starting this group Whitney - having been through a couple, this is a subject we'll all have to deal with - some of us are already feeling the pinch in various ways.

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