Why I am supporting the OTHER

Dan Goodman – System Gallery

Hopefully what TOGEOTH will show is that people can organise meaningful and inclusive arts events on a shoe string budget and that the money of policy makers / sponsors would be better spent in providing long-term job security to those working in the arts rather than in short-term multi-million-pound projects.

Hopefully what TOGEOTH will show is that people can organise meaningful and inclusive arts events on a shoe string budget and that the money of policy makers / sponsors would be better spent in providing long-term job security to those working in the arts rather than in short-term multi-million-pound projects.

Frank Styles

The public artist is in a precarious position. Relying on public funding to produce large scale artworks can leave you at the beck and call of the authorities, and what do you do when you don’t agree with them? Who wants to bite the hand that feeds them? There will be a lot of attractions worth seeing at the GEotN, but I cannot agree with the political motivations behind the project. How can we promote how great the culture of the North is, whilst local councils have been forced to close libraries due to government funding cuts? Whilst the spectacles and events for families cannot be sniffed at, is the mist produced by Europe’s largest fountains simply a smokescreen to mask the negative effects of austerity? Probably yes. Will I still take my kids to see it? Probably yes.

 

Tony Redman

Why Am I part of the OTHER?
As part of ASSIGN in Sunderland, I was part of a group who followed up the advertising for the first GEON. We were accepted by the `organisers`, but then totally ignored, no one from GEON visited the show, we did not appear in the review. Needless to say, we received no financial assistance, despite providing a curated show for 3 weeks in Sunderland Quaker House. The whole thing appeared to be a glamour project for Newcastle/Gateshead
So We welcome OTHER!

 

Pam Foley (Treasurer Artists’ Union England)

 AUE whole-heartedly endorse the Other Great Exhibition of the North. It sends a very strong message to other areas of the country that might be thinking of corporatising their art events. The planning of major art events should involve local artists who deserve and expect to be consulted before such planning begins.

 

 

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