Arts Council funding for Bradford arts company Kala Sangam is slashed by £100,000

Arts Council funding for Bradford arts company Kala Sangam is slashed by £100,000

Ajit Singh of Kala Sangam

Mind The Gap actors, JoAnne Haines, Gemma Ryan, Alan Clay and Liam Bairstow, dressed as pirates promoting their recent production of Treasure Island

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A HIGH profile arts organisation's future is in doubt in Bradford after the Arts Council slashed its funding by half.

The South Asian arts company Kala Sangam is now involved in crisis talks with its board but Chief Executive Ajit Singh fears the cut in funding could lead to the collapse of the body.

Under the announcement, Kala Sangam will get £100,000 a year for the next three years from April, down from nearly £200,000.

Others getting a part of the £3.2m package are Mind the Gap, England's largest learning disability theatre company - £ 206,390 a year; Impressions Gallery, a leading venue for photography - £202,281 a year; Freedom Studios, which creates theatre “in response to political and cultural worldwide events” - £140,949 a year; the annual Ilkley Literature Festival - £137,424 a year; The Writing Squad, which is a development agency for young writers - £ 97,743 a year; Dance United Yorkshire - £90,000 a year; Artworks, which works with professional artists to develop projects - £57,496 a year; and Theatre in the Mill, based at the University of Bradford - £ 40,271 a year.

In addition Mind the Gap is to receive capital funding of £120,000 to help it increase its capacity and to reach new audiences through digital technologies.

Eight of the organisations have been part of the Arts Council's national portfolio, with Dance United Yorkshire getting funds for the first time.

Mr Singh said: "We are the only South Asian arts company nationally to have a 50 per cent cut and the only company in Bradford to have such a massive reduction.

"It is too early to say what will happen, we will have crisis meetings to see how we can plan a way forwards and we are meeting the Arts Council next week to put across our deep concern about their decision making. We cannot sustain the organisation with this level of funding. I am talking about the organisation as a whole continuing. It will have an effect on the organisation in its entirety."

The overall funding is slightly up on last year, but while Kala Sangam has faced a substantial cut, £90,000 will go to Dance United Yorkshire, which shares the same building in Forster Square.

Mind the Gap's Artistic Director, Tim Wheeler said: "This will enable the company to continue to create exciting theatre experiences for audiences, and remain at the forefront of nurturing the talents of learning disabled artists.

"These remain economically difficult times for the arts sector. We are committed to supporting emerging artists and other organisations through partnerships and access to the facilities at Mind the Gap Studios in Bradford".

In making the announcement, the Arts Council described Dance United Yorkshire as contributing to the establishment of a national dance hub around Leeds. They work with young people not engaged with culture and often socially or economically excluded.

Funding applications had outstripped resources by £70m nationally.

Bradford Council's culture spokeswoman, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, said: "£3.2 million is a significant investment by the Arts Council into Bradford's arts organisations.

"There are winners and losers but given the aggressive level of Government cuts to the Arts Council budget, the picture for Bradford is as good as we could expect at this time. I'd still like to see more rebalancing of the Arts Council budget so that the North gets a fairer deal and will continue to lobby for this nationally."

Pete Massey, the Arts Council's North director, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to sustain a good level of investment in Bradford despite challenging economic times."

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4:52pm Wed 2 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

Government funding of the arts has no place in a free market and should be stopped, especially in times of austerity.

If people want culture they should be prepared to purchase tickets at the full market rate. Providing free or subsidised access to the arts is socialism.
Government funding of the arts has no place in a free market and should be stopped, especially in times of austerity. If people want culture they should be prepared to purchase tickets at the full market rate. Providing free or subsidised access to the arts is socialism. pcmanners
  • Score: 8

5:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

pcmanners wrote:
Government funding of the arts has no place in a free market and should be stopped, especially in times of austerity.

If people want culture they should be prepared to purchase tickets at the full market rate. Providing free or subsidised access to the arts is socialism.
correct.
hardly high on the list of helping people out of poverty!
luxuries need to be the first cut.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Government funding of the arts has no place in a free market and should be stopped, especially in times of austerity. If people want culture they should be prepared to purchase tickets at the full market rate. Providing free or subsidised access to the arts is socialism.[/p][/quote]correct. hardly high on the list of helping people out of poverty! luxuries need to be the first cut. tinytoonster
  • Score: 12

6:30pm Wed 2 Jul 14

i'dliketosay says...

The fact they managed to survive the first round of cuts when crucial front line services have been affected is astonishing. There are much more important projects that need the funding.
The fact they managed to survive the first round of cuts when crucial front line services have been affected is astonishing. There are much more important projects that need the funding. i'dliketosay
  • Score: 16

6:47pm Wed 2 Jul 14

angry bradfordian says...

I know it;s easy for Hinchcliffe to blame everything on the North/South divide, but these cuts are happening all over the country as the government grant was slashed.

The English National Opera had it's Arts Council grant cut by £5m and the proportion allocated to London had actually gone down.
This is causing the southern groups to complain their funding of popular attractions has been cut to fund groups that no-one sees.
The opera may be elitist, but at least the don't concentrate on ethnicity as their USP.
I know it;s easy for Hinchcliffe to blame everything on the North/South divide, but these cuts are happening all over the country as the government grant was slashed. The English National Opera had it's Arts Council grant cut by £5m and the proportion allocated to London had actually gone down. This is causing the southern groups to complain their funding of popular attractions has been cut to fund groups that no-one sees. The opera may be elitist, but at least the don't concentrate on ethnicity as their USP. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Truth77 says...

Cut all the funding, make them all get proper jobs
Cut all the funding, make them all get proper jobs Truth77
  • Score: 7

7:25pm Wed 2 Jul 14

sunnysidedown says...

Somebody ought to tell Hinchcliffe, who is also supposed to be in charge of regeneration, that Bradford needs jobs before it needs art. She needs to get her priorities sorted. Especially on the day that Global Media shuts its doors after a couple of weeks in which we've seem Virgin, Morissons', Provident and McBrides all announce redundancies.
Somebody ought to tell Hinchcliffe, who is also supposed to be in charge of regeneration, that Bradford needs jobs before it needs art. She needs to get her priorities sorted. Especially on the day that Global Media shuts its doors after a couple of weeks in which we've seem Virgin, Morissons', Provident and McBrides all announce redundancies. sunnysidedown
  • Score: 8

9:00pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Osgood says...

Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed.
Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids...
Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments.
Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed. Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids... Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments. Osgood
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Rename your art group Bradford Bulls and I'm sure Bradford Council will throw £200k at you.
Rename your art group Bradford Bulls and I'm sure Bradford Council will throw £200k at you. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 6

10:28pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Raj2121 says...

Get rid, money can be better spent
Get rid, money can be better spent Raj2121
  • Score: 9

10:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

piltdownman says...

Osgood wrote:
Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed.
Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids...
Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments.
I suggest you ask the 200 people just made redundant at Global Media what they would like most, a job, or an evening listening to a string quartet. As for jobs in the arts, what are you going to do? Retrain 200 printers as ballet dancers?

Cllr Hinchcliffe should keep her eye on the ball. She was supposed to deliver 700 new jobs at Buck Lane which would have really helped Bradford. instead she's made a mess of it and we'll be lucky to get any new jobs at all. If she stopped playing around about with unnecessary culture and got on with regeneration Bradford might be a better place.
[quote][p][bold]Osgood[/bold] wrote: Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed. Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids... Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments.[/p][/quote]I suggest you ask the 200 people just made redundant at Global Media what they would like most, a job, or an evening listening to a string quartet. As for jobs in the arts, what are you going to do? Retrain 200 printers as ballet dancers? Cllr Hinchcliffe should keep her eye on the ball. She was supposed to deliver 700 new jobs at Buck Lane which would have really helped Bradford. instead she's made a mess of it and we'll be lucky to get any new jobs at all. If she stopped playing around about with unnecessary culture and got on with regeneration Bradford might be a better place. piltdownman
  • Score: 11

10:58pm Wed 2 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

Wasn't there a recent piece on Arts Council money in the T&A, it worked out that Leeds got around £80 for every £10 Bradford got, a total disgrace. Bradford produces great artists and has done for well over a century, as a major UK city Bradford should be treated similarly to it's neighbour.

Regarding the T&A piece above, the overall grant has been increased which has to be good news, it's unfortunate that Kala Sangam has had it's grant reduced though.
Wasn't there a recent piece on Arts Council money in the T&A, it worked out that Leeds got around £80 for every £10 Bradford got, a total disgrace. Bradford produces great artists and has done for well over a century, as a major UK city Bradford should be treated similarly to it's neighbour. Regarding the T&A piece above, the overall grant has been increased which has to be good news, it's unfortunate that Kala Sangam has had it's grant reduced though. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Osgood says...

piltdownman wrote:
Osgood wrote:
Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed.
Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids...
Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments.
I suggest you ask the 200 people just made redundant at Global Media what they would like most, a job, or an evening listening to a string quartet. As for jobs in the arts, what are you going to do? Retrain 200 printers as ballet dancers?

Cllr Hinchcliffe should keep her eye on the ball. She was supposed to deliver 700 new jobs at Buck Lane which would have really helped Bradford. instead she's made a mess of it and we'll be lucky to get any new jobs at all. If she stopped playing around about with unnecessary culture and got on with regeneration Bradford might be a better place.
I agree that String Quartets might not be immediate solace to people made redundant. However 'culture' is inescapable, it's the water we swim in willy nilly. The question is whether you want a miserable culture in Bradford with no access for people to music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature, or something just a little more creative and enterprising…..
What I've read in the comments so far is miserable. Blaming Cllr. Hinchcliffe, who works hard for the city and supports businesses of all complexions, really does not add up to constructive discussion about regeneration.
[quote][p][bold]piltdownman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Osgood[/bold] wrote: Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed. Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids... Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments.[/p][/quote]I suggest you ask the 200 people just made redundant at Global Media what they would like most, a job, or an evening listening to a string quartet. As for jobs in the arts, what are you going to do? Retrain 200 printers as ballet dancers? Cllr Hinchcliffe should keep her eye on the ball. She was supposed to deliver 700 new jobs at Buck Lane which would have really helped Bradford. instead she's made a mess of it and we'll be lucky to get any new jobs at all. If she stopped playing around about with unnecessary culture and got on with regeneration Bradford might be a better place.[/p][/quote]I agree that String Quartets might not be immediate solace to people made redundant. However 'culture' is inescapable, it's the water we swim in willy nilly. The question is whether you want a miserable culture in Bradford with no access for people to music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature, or something just a little more creative and enterprising….. What I've read in the comments so far is miserable. Blaming Cllr. Hinchcliffe, who works hard for the city and supports businesses of all complexions, really does not add up to constructive discussion about regeneration. Osgood
  • Score: -1

11:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Mr Perks says...

pcmanners wrote:
Government funding of the arts has no place in a free market and should be stopped, especially in times of austerity.

If people want culture they should be prepared to purchase tickets at the full market rate. Providing free or subsidised access to the arts is socialism.
This country and most of the developed world has never had and will never have an economy that is a 'Free Market'. Didn't see much criticism from the Financial Sector about the 'Free Market' when billion after billion was spent to bail them out. They should have gone to the wall under your deluded economic philosophies. You've either got to be very rich or quite daft to believe that such ideas benefit the majority, because all I see is the richer getting richer whilst the rest struggle to make ends meet.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Government funding of the arts has no place in a free market and should be stopped, especially in times of austerity. If people want culture they should be prepared to purchase tickets at the full market rate. Providing free or subsidised access to the arts is socialism.[/p][/quote]This country and most of the developed world has never had and will never have an economy that is a 'Free Market'. Didn't see much criticism from the Financial Sector about the 'Free Market' when billion after billion was spent to bail them out. They should have gone to the wall under your deluded economic philosophies. You've either got to be very rich or quite daft to believe that such ideas benefit the majority, because all I see is the richer getting richer whilst the rest struggle to make ends meet. Mr Perks
  • Score: 8

7:30am Thu 3 Jul 14

stepheno says...

Whilst Bradford is still going through a tough time (I speak as someone who has previously worked in the print industry), the arts allow us a chance to relax, reflect and enjoy music, dance and literature (which we are quite famous for in these parts!). The arts might even put a smile on your face, something that is in short supply at the moment. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that the Cafe at Kala Sangam is run by people with learning difficulties, it gives them work experience and job opportunities, I don't see many other organisations (banks) doing much on that front.
Whilst Bradford is still going through a tough time (I speak as someone who has previously worked in the print industry), the arts allow us a chance to relax, reflect and enjoy music, dance and literature (which we are quite famous for in these parts!). The arts might even put a smile on your face, something that is in short supply at the moment. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that the Cafe at Kala Sangam is run by people with learning difficulties, it gives them work experience and job opportunities, I don't see many other organisations (banks) doing much on that front. stepheno
  • Score: 1

7:50am Thu 3 Jul 14

BD16 says...

Osgood wrote:
piltdownman wrote:
Osgood wrote:
Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed.
Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids...
Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments.
I suggest you ask the 200 people just made redundant at Global Media what they would like most, a job, or an evening listening to a string quartet. As for jobs in the arts, what are you going to do? Retrain 200 printers as ballet dancers?

Cllr Hinchcliffe should keep her eye on the ball. She was supposed to deliver 700 new jobs at Buck Lane which would have really helped Bradford. instead she's made a mess of it and we'll be lucky to get any new jobs at all. If she stopped playing around about with unnecessary culture and got on with regeneration Bradford might be a better place.
I agree that String Quartets might not be immediate solace to people made redundant. However 'culture' is inescapable, it's the water we swim in willy nilly. The question is whether you want a miserable culture in Bradford with no access for people to music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature, or something just a little more creative and enterprising…..
What I've read in the comments so far is miserable. Blaming Cllr. Hinchcliffe, who works hard for the city and supports businesses of all complexions, really does not add up to constructive discussion about regeneration.
Using your logic, would the council have been better creating an arena, like Leeds did, with the windfall money from the LBA sale? Culture and jobs in one package. Never mind, at least we got a pretty puddle that's created no jobs and has delivered nothing like the extra revenue that the council forecast.
[quote][p][bold]Osgood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piltdownman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Osgood[/bold] wrote: Jeez what a miserable set of comments so far. 'Bradford a great place for discouragement', so said JB Priestley. Nothing has changed. Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool are all facing similar social problems to Bradford and yet the level of investment in the arts is far higher. Are the people there just loopy or do they see that a healthy society needs cultural activity? There are jobs in the arts economy, you stupids... Compare and contrast the activity and enjoyment available in their city centres to the windswept desert that Bradford would become with no cultural activity, as recommended by these comments.[/p][/quote]I suggest you ask the 200 people just made redundant at Global Media what they would like most, a job, or an evening listening to a string quartet. As for jobs in the arts, what are you going to do? Retrain 200 printers as ballet dancers? Cllr Hinchcliffe should keep her eye on the ball. She was supposed to deliver 700 new jobs at Buck Lane which would have really helped Bradford. instead she's made a mess of it and we'll be lucky to get any new jobs at all. If she stopped playing around about with unnecessary culture and got on with regeneration Bradford might be a better place.[/p][/quote]I agree that String Quartets might not be immediate solace to people made redundant. However 'culture' is inescapable, it's the water we swim in willy nilly. The question is whether you want a miserable culture in Bradford with no access for people to music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature, or something just a little more creative and enterprising….. What I've read in the comments so far is miserable. Blaming Cllr. Hinchcliffe, who works hard for the city and supports businesses of all complexions, really does not add up to constructive discussion about regeneration.[/p][/quote]Using your logic, would the council have been better creating an arena, like Leeds did, with the windfall money from the LBA sale? Culture and jobs in one package. Never mind, at least we got a pretty puddle that's created no jobs and has delivered nothing like the extra revenue that the council forecast. BD16
  • Score: 2

8:39am Thu 3 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

The City Park has been a superb addition to Bradford City centre. I along with many others thought it was a poor use of the airport money but I along with many others have been proved wrong, it's a fantastic space and brings folk into the city centre, it is a focal point for festivals and other events and will over the years brings millions of pounds to the various retail outlets surrounding it and other retail outlets in the wider city centre. I can only see that area with a new world class music venue in the pipeline going from strength to strength.
The City Park has been a superb addition to Bradford City centre. I along with many others thought it was a poor use of the airport money but I along with many others have been proved wrong, it's a fantastic space and brings folk into the city centre, it is a focal point for festivals and other events and will over the years brings millions of pounds to the various retail outlets surrounding it and other retail outlets in the wider city centre. I can only see that area with a new world class music venue in the pipeline going from strength to strength. bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

9:19am Thu 3 Jul 14

BD16 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
The City Park has been a superb addition to Bradford City centre. I along with many others thought it was a poor use of the airport money but I along with many others have been proved wrong, it's a fantastic space and brings folk into the city centre, it is a focal point for festivals and other events and will over the years brings millions of pounds to the various retail outlets surrounding it and other retail outlets in the wider city centre. I can only see that area with a new world class music venue in the pipeline going from strength to strength.
Recently my wife and five friends went to the First Direct in Leeds. Being a matinee they had lunch went to the show and then a couple of drinks afterwards. They probably spent £25 each on top of the ticket price. How does a pie from Greggs and a cheap pint from one of the pubs around City Park compare?

By any economic measure Leeds have made far better use of the money they received from the LBA sale. The Who, Springsteen, Michael Buble and Elton John are some of the acts who are going to or have played. They have pulling power and people will book hotel rooms and then eat and drink in local bars and restaurants making a large contribution to the local economy.

What does the pool do that compares?
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The City Park has been a superb addition to Bradford City centre. I along with many others thought it was a poor use of the airport money but I along with many others have been proved wrong, it's a fantastic space and brings folk into the city centre, it is a focal point for festivals and other events and will over the years brings millions of pounds to the various retail outlets surrounding it and other retail outlets in the wider city centre. I can only see that area with a new world class music venue in the pipeline going from strength to strength.[/p][/quote]Recently my wife and five friends went to the First Direct in Leeds. Being a matinee they had lunch went to the show and then a couple of drinks afterwards. They probably spent £25 each on top of the ticket price. How does a pie from Greggs and a cheap pint from one of the pubs around City Park compare? By any economic measure Leeds have made far better use of the money they received from the LBA sale. The Who, Springsteen, Michael Buble and Elton John are some of the acts who are going to or have played. They have pulling power and people will book hotel rooms and then eat and drink in local bars and restaurants making a large contribution to the local economy. What does the pool do that compares? BD16
  • Score: 2

10:16am Thu 3 Jul 14

idf fanclub says...

What else from bcfc? With a seemingly full time job as Bradford Council's brown noser supreme.

Is this Reno in yet another new id? Must be.

Same old song. Everything that happens in Barfdord is wonderful, Barfdord Council are wonderful, the lifeless grey concrete pond is especially wonderful, etc... And always ignoring the cold facts of failure and bungling.

Back on topic. Funding the arts is a luxury, not a necessity. Why should people who make a living from the "arts" get special treatment? As opposed to (say) plumbers, roadsweepers and toilet cleaners. And in case you want to know, I have made an unaided living from the arts all my life.

"Bradford and not produces great artists and has done for well over a century..." Spoken like a true sycophant. A list please. Try doing one without Hockney, Priestley and the Bronte Sisters.
What else from bcfc? With a seemingly full time job as Bradford Council's brown noser supreme. Is this Reno in yet another new id? Must be. Same old song. Everything that happens in Barfdord is wonderful, Barfdord Council are wonderful, the lifeless grey concrete pond is especially wonderful, etc... And always ignoring the cold facts of failure and bungling. Back on topic. Funding the arts is a luxury, not a necessity. Why should people who make a living from the "arts" get special treatment? As opposed to (say) plumbers, roadsweepers and toilet cleaners. And in case you want to know, I have made an unaided living from the arts all my life. "Bradford and not produces great artists and has done for well over a century..." Spoken like a true sycophant. A list please. Try doing one without Hockney, Priestley and the Bronte Sisters. idf fanclub
  • Score: 1

11:10am Thu 3 Jul 14

Fieldworker says...

The Producer of Marley and Me and respected theatre director and TV producer Chris Parr, Creative Producer of The London Olympics and former Chief Exec of Chichester Festival Theatre Ruth McKenzie, National Theatre and RSC writer David Edgar, National Theatre and Spooks writer Howard Brenton, Artistic Director of The Bush Theatre London Madani Younis, Artistic Director of Cast Doncaster and former AD of both Contact Theatre Manchester and Curve Leicester Kully Thiarai, the late Noël Grieg playwright, actor, writer and arts provocateur Jeff Nuttall, Sue Gill and John Fox who virtually invented large scale outdoor performance in this country. All got sustained j career making opportunities in Bradford.

For starters. Without really trying.

Plus the Creative Industries are worth £71 billion to the UK economy and are one of the few sustained job growth areas. This information based on government figures. Which is why the government has this very week held a hi
The Producer of Marley and Me and respected theatre director and TV producer Chris Parr, Creative Producer of The London Olympics and former Chief Exec of Chichester Festival Theatre Ruth McKenzie, National Theatre and RSC writer David Edgar, National Theatre and Spooks writer Howard Brenton, Artistic Director of The Bush Theatre London Madani Younis, Artistic Director of Cast Doncaster and former AD of both Contact Theatre Manchester and Curve Leicester Kully Thiarai, the late Noël Grieg playwright, actor, writer and arts provocateur Jeff Nuttall, Sue Gill and John Fox who virtually invented large scale outdoor performance in this country. All got sustained j career making opportunities in Bradford. For starters. Without really trying. Plus the Creative Industries are worth £71 billion to the UK economy and are one of the few sustained job growth areas. This information based on government figures. Which is why the government has this very week held a hi Fieldworker
  • Score: -1

12:14pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Some good news at last.
Some good news at last. Out of site
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

idf fanclub says...

Dear Fieldworker,

Thanks for your list of "Bradford" artists.

But...

Howard Brenton. From Portsmouth.
David Edgar: from Birmingham.
Chris Parr/Ruth McKenzie: Not from Bradford.
John and Sue Fox: not from Bradford - you are thinking of "The Welfare State" theatre group and they did NOT invent large outdoor performance (where did you get that gem from?) and I was there when it started, for the record.
Jeff "Bomb Culture" Nuttall: from London, one of my tutors.
Madani Younis: not from Bradford.
Noël Grieg: from Skegness.

All once worked for a time in this city. Mostly briefly.

We gather research and getting the facts right was never your strong point. Do try harder.

On the plus side:

Andrea Dunbar, deceased playwright from Buttershaw.
Oliver Onions, once world famous and now long forgotten author.
David "Rockers" Oxtoby, painter, on the border, so just about qualifies.
Tony Earnshaw, deceased anarchist illustrator.
Dear Fieldworker, Thanks for your list of "Bradford" artists. But... Howard Brenton. From Portsmouth. David Edgar: from Birmingham. Chris Parr/Ruth McKenzie: Not from Bradford. John and Sue Fox: not from Bradford - you are thinking of "The Welfare State" theatre group and they did NOT invent large outdoor performance (where did you get that gem from?) and I was there when it started, for the record. Jeff "Bomb Culture" Nuttall: from London, one of my tutors. Madani Younis: not from Bradford. Noël Grieg: from Skegness. All once worked for a time in this city. Mostly briefly. We gather research and getting the facts right was never your strong point. Do try harder. On the plus side: Andrea Dunbar, deceased playwright from Buttershaw. Oliver Onions, once world famous and now long forgotten author. David "Rockers" Oxtoby, painter, on the border, so just about qualifies. Tony Earnshaw, deceased anarchist illustrator. idf fanclub
  • Score: 0

2:25pm Thu 3 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

I don't know anything about Kala Sangam and whether their performance as an arts organisation is adequate, but surely the main point of discussion should be why Bradford gets less funding, AS USUAL, compared to other places. Thr lack of fairness when it comes to governmentt spending, not just on the arts but on transport, hospitals and schools etc is a major reason why Bradford keeps falling further behind other places like Leeds. The city needs to create a united voice and fight to change this ridiculously unfair discrenination instead of meekly accepting second best all the time.
I don't know anything about Kala Sangam and whether their performance as an arts organisation is adequate, but surely the main point of discussion should be why Bradford gets less funding, AS USUAL, compared to other places. Thr lack of fairness when it comes to governmentt spending, not just on the arts but on transport, hospitals and schools etc is a major reason why Bradford keeps falling further behind other places like Leeds. The city needs to create a united voice and fight to change this ridiculously unfair discrenination instead of meekly accepting second best all the time. basil fawlty
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Thu 3 Jul 14

idf fanclub says...

There is no "discrenination" (sic) directed at Bradford. This a persecution complex often voiced by the usual losers. Many of whom probably work for the Council.

This is just the tired old cliche that national government is against the city.

Bradford is as good as anywhere else in getting aid and handouts.

On the other hand - if you had to discreninate - or even discriminate against anywhere - then Bradford has to come near the top of the list.
Bradford never misses an opportunity - to miss an opportunity.
There is no "discrenination" (sic) directed at Bradford. This a persecution complex often voiced by the usual losers. Many of whom probably work for the Council. This is just the tired old cliche that national government is against the city. Bradford is as good as anywhere else in getting aid and handouts. On the other hand - if you had to discreninate - or even discriminate against anywhere - then Bradford has to come near the top of the list. Bradford never misses an opportunity - to miss an opportunity. idf fanclub
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7:33pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

BD16 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
The City Park has been a superb addition to Bradford City centre. I along with many others thought it was a poor use of the airport money but I along with many others have been proved wrong, it's a fantastic space and brings folk into the city centre, it is a focal point for festivals and other events and will over the years brings millions of pounds to the various retail outlets surrounding it and other retail outlets in the wider city centre. I can only see that area with a new world class music venue in the pipeline going from strength to strength.
Recently my wife and five friends went to the First Direct in Leeds. Being a matinee they had lunch went to the show and then a couple of drinks afterwards. They probably spent £25 each on top of the ticket price. How does a pie from Greggs and a cheap pint from one of the pubs around City Park compare?

By any economic measure Leeds have made far better use of the money they received from the LBA sale. The Who, Springsteen, Michael Buble and Elton John are some of the acts who are going to or have played. They have pulling power and people will book hotel rooms and then eat and drink in local bars and restaurants making a large contribution to the local economy.

What does the pool do that compares?
I'm quite sure you could get a decent meal in Forsters or the Media Museum after frequenting the Bradford Festival, World Curry Festival or an outdoor performance of Carmen to name but three recent examples of things being staged in City Park. If as seems likely a world class music venue is developed in the Odeon Building you would get the bookings in hotels that would go hand in hand with the top class artists and bands playing such a venue. Footfall in Bradford has already greatly increased over the last couple of years and City Park has played a part in that increase with all the extra money that has brought into retail outlets in Bradford City centre.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: The City Park has been a superb addition to Bradford City centre. I along with many others thought it was a poor use of the airport money but I along with many others have been proved wrong, it's a fantastic space and brings folk into the city centre, it is a focal point for festivals and other events and will over the years brings millions of pounds to the various retail outlets surrounding it and other retail outlets in the wider city centre. I can only see that area with a new world class music venue in the pipeline going from strength to strength.[/p][/quote]Recently my wife and five friends went to the First Direct in Leeds. Being a matinee they had lunch went to the show and then a couple of drinks afterwards. They probably spent £25 each on top of the ticket price. How does a pie from Greggs and a cheap pint from one of the pubs around City Park compare? By any economic measure Leeds have made far better use of the money they received from the LBA sale. The Who, Springsteen, Michael Buble and Elton John are some of the acts who are going to or have played. They have pulling power and people will book hotel rooms and then eat and drink in local bars and restaurants making a large contribution to the local economy. What does the pool do that compares?[/p][/quote]I'm quite sure you could get a decent meal in Forsters or the Media Museum after frequenting the Bradford Festival, World Curry Festival or an outdoor performance of Carmen to name but three recent examples of things being staged in City Park. If as seems likely a world class music venue is developed in the Odeon Building you would get the bookings in hotels that would go hand in hand with the top class artists and bands playing such a venue. Footfall in Bradford has already greatly increased over the last couple of years and City Park has played a part in that increase with all the extra money that has brought into retail outlets in Bradford City centre. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

7:56pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bcfc1903 says...

idf fanclub wrote:
What else from bcfc? With a seemingly full time job as Bradford Council's brown noser supreme.

Is this Reno in yet another new id? Must be.

Same old song. Everything that happens in Barfdord is wonderful, Barfdord Council are wonderful, the lifeless grey concrete pond is especially wonderful, etc... And always ignoring the cold facts of failure and bungling.

Back on topic. Funding the arts is a luxury, not a necessity. Why should people who make a living from the "arts" get special treatment? As opposed to (say) plumbers, roadsweepers and toilet cleaners. And in case you want to know, I have made an unaided living from the arts all my life.

"Bradford and not produces great artists and has done for well over a century..." Spoken like a true sycophant. A list please. Try doing one without Hockney, Priestley and the Bronte Sisters.
Regarding Art Council money, Bradford should be treated fairly, how can it be right that for every £10 Bradford gets, Leeds gets £80 in Arts Council money, ludicrous and quite appalling when you think of the truly great artists of various genres this great city has produced over the last century and more. David Hockney, JB Priestly, the Bronte sisters, Sir William Rothenstein, Tony Bevan, John Gerard Brain, Dean Cavanagh, Frederick Delius, Richard Eurich, Rodney Friend, James Hill, Albert Rutherston, William Shackleton, Ernest Leopold Sichel and Humbert Wolfe to name but a few.
[quote][p][bold]idf fanclub[/bold] wrote: What else from bcfc? With a seemingly full time job as Bradford Council's brown noser supreme. Is this Reno in yet another new id? Must be. Same old song. Everything that happens in Barfdord is wonderful, Barfdord Council are wonderful, the lifeless grey concrete pond is especially wonderful, etc... And always ignoring the cold facts of failure and bungling. Back on topic. Funding the arts is a luxury, not a necessity. Why should people who make a living from the "arts" get special treatment? As opposed to (say) plumbers, roadsweepers and toilet cleaners. And in case you want to know, I have made an unaided living from the arts all my life. "Bradford and not produces great artists and has done for well over a century..." Spoken like a true sycophant. A list please. Try doing one without Hockney, Priestley and the Bronte Sisters.[/p][/quote]Regarding Art Council money, Bradford should be treated fairly, how can it be right that for every £10 Bradford gets, Leeds gets £80 in Arts Council money, ludicrous and quite appalling when you think of the truly great artists of various genres this great city has produced over the last century and more. David Hockney, JB Priestly, the Bronte sisters, Sir William Rothenstein, Tony Bevan, John Gerard Brain, Dean Cavanagh, Frederick Delius, Richard Eurich, Rodney Friend, James Hill, Albert Rutherston, William Shackleton, Ernest Leopold Sichel and Humbert Wolfe to name but a few. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Let's be clever says...

Truth77 wrote:
Cut all the funding, make them all get proper jobs
Sadly, not everyone appreciates cultural endeavours but those moaning about funding for the arts in Bradford might benefit from the knowledge that Arts Council funding is to fund the arts, exclusively. If the funding is not awarded to organisations in Bradford it will be spent elsewhere - on the arts. It will never be diverted to saving print jobs or to help the homeless, no matter how much resentment the heathens of Bradford might display. So, for goodness sake, stop moaning.
[quote][p][bold]Truth77[/bold] wrote: Cut all the funding, make them all get proper jobs[/p][/quote]Sadly, not everyone appreciates cultural endeavours but those moaning about funding for the arts in Bradford might benefit from the knowledge that Arts Council funding is to fund the arts, exclusively. If the funding is not awarded to organisations in Bradford it will be spent elsewhere - on the arts. It will never be diverted to saving print jobs or to help the homeless, no matter how much resentment the heathens of Bradford might display. So, for goodness sake, stop moaning. Let's be clever
  • Score: 2

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