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19 NOVEMBER 2012

Sky Arts Futures Fund: competitive arts funding to make it happen

Applications open on 25th September and close on 19th December 2012.

"Sky Arts also seeks to connect with culture on the ground, supporting and investing in the arts from leading organisations to emerging artists in the UK and Ireland through the Sky Arts Ignition Series. The Futures Fund is part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series and offers five artists each year £30,000 plus mentoring to help you develop your creative practice. ...

Whether you want to direct a piece of theatre, choreograph a new dance piece, write a play, record an album, create a sculpture, a live art performance or produce, Sky Arts will give you the time and money to make it happen.They'll also pair you with a mentor from Sky and the arts to help you develop your networks, skills and knowledge in the arts and the commercial sector.

We invite you to submit an application in one of five categories; Theatre, Writing and Performance; Music; Visual Art; Dance; Creative Producer."

(IdeasTap Ltd. UK)



2012 • artistic ambitions • artsarts funding • arts investment • arts organisations • arts sector • Benedict Cumberbatch • BSkyBchoreographycommercial sectorcreative networkscreative practice • creative producer • creative talentdance • Darcey Bussell • emerging artists • funding ideas • Futures Fund (Sky) • IdeasTap • knowledge and skills • live art performance • make it happen • mentoring • music funding • Nigel Kennedy • nurture and support • off-screen • on-screen • playwriting • record an album • Republic of Ireland • Sky Arts • Sky Arts Ignition • Sky Arts Ignition Series • the artstheatre • time and money • Tracey EminUKvisual arts • writing and performance


Simon Perkins
29 DECEMBER 2010

Save the Arts: a campaign to support the arts in the UK

"The Save the Arts campaign is organised by the London branch of the Turning Point Network, a national consortium of over 2,000 arts organisations and artists dedicated to working together and finding new ways to support the arts in the UK. ...

The first stage of the campaign presents a new video animation by artist David Shrigley highlighting the effect of the funding cuts and a new work by Jeremy Deller with Scott King and William Morris. Each week, the work of a different artist will be released. Mark Wallinger will present the next project.

The costs of David Shrigley's animation have been covered with a grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. All artists engaged in this project have generously donated their time, talent and art."

(Turning Point Network, UK)

Fig.1 David Shrigley (2010), 'An important message about the arts'.

Fig.2 Mark Wallinger (2010), 'Reckless'.



2010ad campaignanimation • Anish Kapoor • Anthony Caro • Antony Gormleyartistsartsarts fundingarts organisationsBridget RileyBritainBritish artistcampaigncultural expressioncultural valuescultureDamien HirstDavid HockneyDavid Shrigleyfunding • funding cuts • Howard Hodgkin • inspirationJeremy DellerJeremy Hunt • Mark Wallinger • museums • Paul Hamlyn Foundation • Richard Hamilton • Save the Arts • Scott King • Tracey Emin • Turning Point Network • UKuseful effectWilliam Morris


Simon Perkins
01 AUGUST 2010

UK Film Council axed by the UK coalition government

"The UK Film Council became one of the highest profile quangos to be axed by the coalition government after culture secretary Jeremy Hunt unexpectedly announced its abolition.

In a raft of mergings, streamlinings and closures, Hunt also axed the Museums, Libraries and Archives council (MLA). ...

Film producer Tim Bevan, who chairs the council, said: 'Abolishing the most successful film support organisation the UK has ever had is a bad decision, imposed without any consultation or evaluation. People will rightly look back on today's announcement and say it was a big mistake, driven by short–term thinking and political expediency. British film, which is one of the UK's more successful growth industries, deserves better.'

Since it was created by Labour in 2000 the UKFC, with 75 staff, has been responsible for handing out more than £160m of lottery money to over 900 films. Successes range from Bend it Like Beckham to Gosford Park to Fish Tank with the occasional dud – notably Sex Lives of the Potato Men – along the way. Last August the Labour government began consultation on merging the film council with the BFI."

(Mark Brown and Maev Kennedy, 26 July 2010, Guardian News and Media Limited)

Fig.1 'Centurion' is a Pathé Productions presentation in association with the UK Film Council of a Celador Films Production of A Film by Neil Marshall.



20002010 • abolition • arts funding • Bend it Like Beckham • BFIBritish filmBritish Film Institutecreative capitalcreative economycreative industriescultureenterprisefilmfilm industry • Fish Tank • funding • Gosford Park • Jeremy Hunt • John Woodward • Libraries and Archives council • library • lottery funding • MLAmuseumpolitics • quango • Sex Lives of the Potato Men (film) • Tim Bevan • UKUK Film CouncilUKFC


Simon Perkins
09 MARCH 2010

Acquiring new media works

"Museologists face a new reality in our fast–changing high–tech world. Works with technological components pose unfamiliar challenges and require acquisition procedures that differ from traditional practices. Primarily, this means giving careful consideration to the notions of copyright (intellectual property), conservation and artist collaboration prior to the purchase of media–based art.

The Survey of New Media Cataloguing Practices report, produced by the DOCAM Cataloguing Structure Committee, indicates that few museum institutions have established a specific policy for acquiring new media works. Yet a policy of this sort is an important tool: used to assess the characteristics and short–, medium– and long–term conservation and exhibition needs of such works, it can help museums make informed choices when envisaging additions to their collections."



acquisition procedures • acquisitionsadded value • artist collaboration • arts and innovationarts fundingcommercialismconservationcopyrightcreative capitalcreative entrepreneurshipcreative industries • DOCAM • DOCAM Cataloguing Structure Committee • entrepreneurexhibitionfunding • high-tech world • intellectual propertymarket failuremarkets • media-based art • museologymuseumnew media • new media works • patronpolicysocial gainsponsorship • Survey of New Media Cataloguing Practices • value of art


David Rogerson
02 MARCH 2010

Reading ban on leaked Harry Potter

"Fourteen fans bought Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince from The Real Canadian Superstore in Coquitlam on the west coast of Canada before managers realised their mistake [selling books that were under embargo]. But readers will be unable to share their knowledge after Raincoast Books, the book's Canadian publisher, was granted a 'John Doe' injunction prohibiting the buyers from even reading their copies before the publication date.

The supreme court of British Columbia issued a court order preventing anyone from 'displaying, reading, offering for sale, selling or exhibiting in public' their books. J. K. Rowling's legal advisers said that the author was entitled to prevent buyers from reading their own books even though they had not broken the law.

'The fact is that this is property that should not have been in their possession,' said Neil Blair, a legal specialist for Christopher Little, the author's literary agent. 'Copyright holders are entitled to protect their work. If the content of the book is confidential until July 16, which it is, why shouldn't someone who has the physical book be prevented from reading it and thereby obtaining the confidential information? How they came to have access to the book is immaterial'."

(The Times Online)



added valuearts and innovationarts fundingauthorbookBritish ColumbiaCanadacommercialismconfidentialcopyright • Coquitlam • creative capitalcreative entrepreneurshipcreative industries • embargo • entrepreneurfundingHarry Potter • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince • JK Rowlingmarket failuremarketspatron • Raincoast Books • social gainsponsorship • The Real Canadian Superstore • value of art


David Rogerson

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