YOU ONLY PAY TWICE

13 Oct

The Photographers’ Gallery in London has suddenly decided to start charging £5 to enter their formerly free exhibitions. To help us all decide whether we think charging £5 for a very small exhibition in a state funded art gallery is fair and justified– although the size is not really the principle at stake– here is some information taken verbatim from their most recent brochure:

“The Photographers’ Gallery acknowledges the generous support of Arts Council England, the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Lloyd Family Trusts, The Wolfson Foundation, The Eranda Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, individual donors, corporate partners, other foundations and those who wish to remain anonymous, whose contributions have made the new building for The Photographers’ Gallery possible.

Arts Council England Lottery Funded. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Shoot! Existential Photography co-produced by Les Recontres Arles Photographie and Museum für Photographie Braunschweig.”

NOTE 1: If it’s the Photographers’ Gallery, shouldn’t photographers get in free?

NOTE 2: The public exhibition in the foyer is of cat pictures from the internet. Although anybody can see it for free, TPG is still a publicly funded organisation exploiting a free resource in a paid venue with no remuneration to the makers, instead of– oh, just picking a random example– paying an actual working photographer to show their work to the public. “The Wall is sponsored by Esmée Fairburn Foundation, Lavazza, Sharp.”

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3 Responses to “YOU ONLY PAY TWICE”

  1. Alistair 14/10/2012 at 10:18 AM #

    Wow, a lot of people really don’t like places that receive tons of art funding to charge people for seeing art. Who knew, eh, TPG? I think– as some people have said to me– it’s particularly disappointing because I actually really like the place and I think it deserves to be supported, and the Arts Council seems to think it should, too. I’ll think about donating £5 if I have £5 spare and I decide the exhibition is good.

    But (again, as other people have said to me) I’m not going again while they think it’s OK to take money from public funds intended to provide public benefit, then put that public benefit behind a paywall.

  2. Alistair 14/10/2012 at 10:24 AM #

    NOTE 3: Esmée Fairburn Foundation is one of the funders of The Wall (currently showing internet cat pictures). “The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. We take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.” (quoted from http://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/apply-for-funding/guide-to-applying )

    EFF’s site also says that their funding prioritises work that:

    * Addresses a significant gap in provision
    * Develops or strengthens good practice
    * Challenges convention, taking risks to address a difficult issue
    * Tests out new ideas or practices
    * Takes an enterprising approach to achieving its aims
    * Aims to influence policy or change behaviour more widely

    (Ibid.)

    I DEVLOPPED GOOD PRACTICE + TOOK RISKS, BUT I ATED IT, SO NOW I JUST SHOW KITTEH PICS INSTED. KTHXBYE. LOLOLOLOLOL.

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