Who you gonna call?
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Who you gonna call?

With economic downturn and government imperatives to tackle the deficit, it’s more important than ever that the public cultural development bodies are fit to robustly champion us lot at the coalface.

Arts Council England’s latest restructure of its organisation, announced over a year ago, is now in it ‘final stages’.

The new structure may have been in place on 1 April, but there are still posts waiting to be filled. The London office expects to have its full compliment of staff by June or July, and has been asking around for recommendations of potential candidates with expertise in some specialist areas.

At a meeting about their recent consultation, Moira Sinclair, ACE London’s Executive Director, gave an assurance that Arts Council England would continue to have specialist expertise in moving image – both for artists’ work, and so that the Arts Council England will be able to engage across the range of practice -  and said the London office is having discussions with Film London about how they can work together more usefully.

This is all encouraging, but let’s not forget that they have recently haemorrhaged a whole bunch of people with just that specialist expertise from around the country. People who “have chosen to take the opportunity presented by the restructure to move on,” – no doubt to better things. But the Arts Council’s loss is… our loss.

Meanwhile, the BFI merger with UK Film Council is now ‘ongoing’, when they’d been told to get it done by now already.

We imagine negotiations are a bit like The Interpreter, with lots of Nicole Kidman’s translating the respective representative’s words… ‘archive’…’cultural value’… ‘box office’… We are certain that discussions round the negotiating table have been every bit as harmonious as the United Nations.

The BFI seems confident about its future, and has launched a competition to appoint an architect for its new £166m Film Centre on London’s South Bank.

Let’s hope that the internal wranglings in these public bodies are soon sorted so they can get on with supporting the rest of us.

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