Assorted links

We’re going to feature collected links more regularly on Bad Culture, and to mark each occasion we will feature an image from the collection of the extraordinary and wonderful Museum of Bad Art based in Boston.

AN I FOR AN EYE A. LivLaing Bradford (2001)

Today’s image is ‘An i for an Eye’ by A. LivLaing Bradford and can be found on MOBA’s Facebook page as well as their own website.

So, onto some  things we didn’t have time for.

  • Big news in the States as Kickstarter owns the NEA. The key question, as alluded to by the Kickstarter CEO here, is whether this is the long term trend. Is the pie getting bigger, smaller or just changing flavour? For reference, WeFund needs to up it’s game around a thousand-fold to match the Arts Council core NPO budget.
  • Speaking of which – two articles on ACE and their renewed commitment to promote environmental sustainability through the NPO portfolio. Here at BC we’re disporportionately interested in funding conditions, and we’ll keep an eye on how this develops. My prediction, for what it’s worth, is that this will either prove to be counterproductive or entirely symbolic, but it’s too early to say which yet
  • The British Ceramics Biennial has produced an economic impact assessment. If believe that if you request a printed copy, it comes with the pinch of salt pre-attached
  • English PEN doing what they do best, but I note that an engagement has to be paid before the rules apply. Surely some mistake from a government that is so clear on the value of unpaid work?
  • A fascinating, really well written article at ArsTechnica on sexism in the fledgling competitive, broadcast gaming industry. This is absolutely not a novelty piece – there are some interesting free speech issues at play, as well as some of the neglected positive aspects of corporate sponsorship.
  • Is this a case of good intentions, unexpected consequences?
  • Is there anyone who does not love Gilbert and George? If so, I have yet to meet them.
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One Response to Assorted links

  1. Robert Sharp says:

    Don’t worry Jon – this new ‘Permitted Paid Engagement’ route is plugging a specific problem with the visa system, which was that artists who were hoping to get paid were not able to, unless they went through a very costly Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Points Based System application.

    Unpaid and amateur artists already have a visa route ‘Entertainer Visitor’ where they can come and do unpaid work.

    Both these routes are still subject to the UK Border Agency’s risk assessment procedures. So nationals from poorer countries, younger people, unmarried men, and people with no visible means of supporting themselves, will still have to provide more evidence to support their applications than, say, a ‘visa national’ from America or Canada. But at least the phenomenon of artists being refused entry because they were engaging in artistic “work” has now been closed (we hope).

    Thanks for linking to us!

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