Reading about the “savage cuts” being inflicted upon the Arts community, and how terrible the little luvvies are all feeling.
Well, folks, I kinda feel terrible as well, with the knowledge that taxpayers’ cash is being thrown away on so-called ‘Art’ projects.
I have no problem with mainstream funding of the Arts, with music, galleries, all sorts of projects in line for a share of the total, which this year works out to £354.000.000; that, folks, in words of course is Three Hundred & Fifty-four Million Pounds.
But, and it is rather a large ‘But’, do we have to give our cash away, to the tune of over £2 million; to people such as the Baltic Contemporary Arts Centre, which I visited a few years ago? This place cost somewhere around £64 million to ‘transform’, and it has achieved some sort of record as being the least-visited open space in the North-East of England. Least-visited because Geordies, beiong practical people like me, have very little time for pretence or posturing rubbish. True, there are Labour Members of Parliament from the North-East, but one supposes that every area has its own blind spots!