Not blogging blog:
Recently I have been quiet. I have been trying to figure out why I don’t feel like saying much or getting involved in conversation. I can only conclude that I have been knackered and it has been a case of self-preservation. I don’t think I gave myself enough chance to recover from YSP, initially thinking that a few days would be enough. As it was I just couldn’t help myself and went into the studio and worked pretty much as normal. I don’t seem to have an off button unless I am somewhere else. It’s also like the saying, if you don’t have anything nice to say – same applies to not having anything interesting to say.
Then I went to London for five days. Amazing, nourishing, exciting and inspiring to see a ton of art, catch up with friends, buy paper and see new babies. But by the end of the trip, the sore throat and bad chest were back (I had bronchitis as the end of the YSP project), a sign to just stop!
Anyway, I got back on Sunday and have had trouble getting out of bed since. I have been going into the studio, but the pace of work has been pedestrian at best. Today I have physio (from a car accident last month), doctors and dentist, so a great reason to have lunch with my Gran, see my little neice and not drive more than 4 miles. Lovely.
It has been good to just read other people’s blogs, and although I have added a couple of comments here and there, it has felt like listening rather than talking all the time. There has also been a lot going on with the arts in general and the funding cuts. I have been reading a lot and I don’t know whether I am a little slow – but I feel like I can’t absorb it all just yet.
I was glad to see AIR putting a request in for an artist representative at Culture Forum, kicked off in part by Katriona Beales’ excellent post on artsfunding I think? The Guardian has been publishing a number of feisty pieces on the subject (often the best writing is on the theatre blogs), with some statistics that really put it all into perspective (Arts are half a pint of milk a week per person apparently…but check I quoted that right!). Some interesting links below worth a read:
Katriona Beales on artsfunding:
Will Gompertz on cuts:
*** Daniel Bye and his milk stats ***
Daniel Trilling on scraping of UK Film Council:
DCMS has launched an inquiry into funding of the arts and heritage. You can add a written response, guidelines are outlined here:
For the first time yesterday, catching up with whats on in the world, I got a bit annoyed about a discussion on artinliverpool.com; artists talking about the Independents strand of the Biennial. So much expectation from them and so little understanding of the reality of the work involved and the bigger picture… I couldn’t help myself and had to add something to the comments. That felt better, a bit of anger is a good thing it seems and often my impetus to get involved. Hopefully it is a constructive anger and getting involved in discussion is a useful way of dealing with it!
This argument is a little esoteric, but I think it’s pretty revealing to the way in which artists expect things to be done for them – there is a feeling of entitlement going through the comments that I don’t empathise with at all. Scroll down to comments:
Some London reviews and future scheming to follow soon. But I need another cup of tea now. See you soon.