Welcome dear readers to a roundup of the week in culture and what a week it was. Well, it wasn't that good a week since not a lot happened but we shall plough on regardless.
Some good news, for once, in the shape of Harriet Harman, current Shadow Culture Secretary for the Labour party, who stepped in to sort out the debacle of the threatened 100% cuts to the arts budget in Newcastle upon Tyne. Believe it or not, the council in Newcastle is actually a Labour council, not, as some suspected, the Slash N' Burn™ division of the Coalition Government.
Council leader Nick Forbes had been accused by many of grand standing to make a larger political point and help is own career in the Labour party by making the cuts, blaming it all on somebody else and to hell with the people caught in the middle. Sounds just like a regular politician to us.
What's actually going to happen over the next three years is still not very clear but Ms Harman was adamant that Labour loves the arts, or something and that Nick Forbes is a complete plank, or something!
Ap Angry, AP Smash
Arts Professional has had enough of all the whiners complaining about the fact that they keep giving Arts Council England a hard time. APs Editor, Liz Hill, in a short editorial told those people to shut up and go play in traffic on the M25............. alright, she didn't say that but she probably should have.
She did say this though;
"we simply believe that a public organisation has a duty to play by its published rules, act transparently, treat those it funds - and those it doesn't - with respect and do its utmost to be a good steward of the public money entrusted to it. Given that wider public support for arts funding is already dwindling..."
Here in TheLab™ we know the feeling only too well.
This week in Tweets Article19 asked Arts Council England why their CEO was a big coward;
To which they answered..... nothing because they're frightened of us or something.
Finally, we caught this little gem is a comment on the story in the Guardian telling us all about Harriet Harman beating Nick Forbes with a shovel.
"Arts subsidies are not necessary. Anyone with a phone can be the best photographer." | discussion.guardian.co.uk/comment-permal... | says random dude on the web— Article19 (@Article19) February 12, 2013
Have a good weekend.