I’m self employed. I operate two small business’. I don’t ask for funding or support from any agency. I simply plod along, delivering events that I know work well and accepting that some will make good income and some will not. So, the rough with the smooth…

When funding is given to a competitor or a start up that has plans to operate similar provision in a similar location I get angry. This funding of similar business can displace the existing business, will certainly effect income for both business’ and in the long term is not sustainable and so is a waste of publicly generated money.

I have witnessed gross waste of public monies in the provision of the arts and out of a sense of dismay have written to The Arts Council of Wales for their response… I wonder how they will justify life drawing sessions at £75pp…

“I would like to chat to someone about the displacement of existing business and waste of public money in the provision of events funded by the Arts Council. For 10 years I have delivered life drawing in South Wales with no funding or assistance. Why does the arts council not reach out to existing providers who can obviously provide art sessions commercially and successfully and whilst paying the best rate to tutors and models and at a low enough cost for all to attend? Why assist with the funding of Cirw Celf, for example, who, in our experience, shamefully waste money? I’ve personally witnessed two occasions at different venues where life drawing provision would have cost circa £60-£75 pp – I could have done so much more with that money… 

I am not asking for funding. I don’t believe it is a useful intervention and certainly it is not a sustainable method of delivering the arts. I am looking for answers as to why existing business’ are overlooked? Why it is acceptable to have life drawing set up for two sixteen year olds with a model and a tutor and room hire and a teacher? 

For the arts to thrive the Arts Councils needs to be reaching out to working artists and arts providers not maintaining cliques, upsetting the marketplace and enabling castle building…”

You see, free provision for young people does not mean good provision. Without excellent engagement with the targeted young people attendance at planned events will be poor and so cost pp for each event very high indeed.

I believe it better that young people be given a directory of existing provision and a ‘loyalty card’, so, a card with event credits on it. This would ensure support of sustainable provision, would assist both aspiring artists and existing working artists and art business. A credit would only be spent when attendance at a sustainable event takes place…

I’ll update this post when I have the response from The Art Council of Wales.

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Outdoor Professional @ Wales Outdoors, Model @ Cardiff Life Model Colective and Published Poet @ Self...