How art became tied to economics: Adam Pugh reflects on the State of Things
16.12.10
Something’s got to give. There’s no room for imagination in market economics, and much less room for petty competition in art. If we really want a world-class ‘culture’, whatever that catch-all blandism means now, we’ve got to break the link with profit and short-termism. We’ve got to be brave: we can’t forcibly tie it to economic regeneration or hokum regional imperatives; much less to sport. ...
The Spending Review and British Film Culture by Jack Newsinger
26.11.10
Film, as the first industrial art, has always been a complex mix of business and culture, and its status within public policy has reflected this. Successive governments have employed different strategies to stimulate commercial production on the one hand, and to subsidise cultural film activity that would not be possible if left to the market alone on the other. The surprise announcement of the abolition of ...
What will happen to the Film Council millions? And other questions
16.09.10
These are uncertain times, and although we haven’t got answers to all the questions, we should certainly be asking what the impact of government cuts and other actions might be for those of us on the independent side of things – short filmmakers, animators, artists. What’s the future for work that experiments and takes risks? Will the UK Film Council be shut down? More than 50,000 people ...
David Shrigley gets animated about the funding cuts

12.09.10
An Important Message about the Arts by David Shrigley To launch The Save the Arts campaign, David Shrigley has created a new animation that highlights the effect of the funding cuts. Shrigley is one of over a hundred leading artists, including David Hockney, Damien Hirst,  Anish Kapoor, Bridget Riley and Tracey Emin that have joined the campaign to make the case against the proposed 25% cuts ...
How public funding peddles a private agenda: Adam Pugh reflects on The State of Things
07.09.10
The real issue for those starting out in the moving image? The path from business to central government is a well-trodden, visible though grubby one, and the step onto funding agencies, in the case of the moving image, is only a couple of paces further on. Government is in thrall to big business, and the policies handed down to quangos make sure that business gets ...
How regionalisation led to homogenisation: Adam Pugh reflects on the State of Things
03.08.10
Art is seen, increasingly, as but another means of realising capital, or something that can be traded for capital. ‘Culture’ has been industrialised and the word itself become shorthand for one of many guises of the mighty ‘Leisure Industry’. It follows that new cultural projects have come to be regarded as ‘quick-win’ vehicles to realise ‘economic regeneration’, citing the successes of existing projects that have ...
It’s a lottery

06.05.10
Artists' Lottery Syndicate With their motto of: “You’ve got to be in it to win it!” the artists’ in the Artists’ Lottery Syndicate have everything to play for.  Launching on 1 July and running for one year this forty-strong creative Syndicate will strategically play The National Lottery using a system designed to maximise the odds for the players. The system requires the Syndicate to purchase forty-four ...