The Arts Council of Wales has left me out, again!
Disgraceful! (not that I’ve ever applied for a tax-payer bung but that’s not the point).
Austerity? The disabled having their benefits cut?
What the hell, the tax-payer is still expected to dish out millions (in Wales anyway, 4 million to date out of the 32 million the ACW receives from the tax-payer each year) for lumps of wood, twisted metal and a bit of visual carousing on the odd ‘Oh Caltaffy’ stage. And yet literacy standards amongst our young, are the lowest in Europe. Once again, what the hell, elitist artistic esoterica that few people know about or are interested in, must come before Welsh youth!
Think how this money could help the promotion of the Welsh language in social media arenas, and thus keep our young on board and preserve the future of the language? – I’m not a Welsh speaker and I don’t support its sometimes bullying and unrealistic agendas, but I recognise the cultural importance of the language and the inalienable, democratic right of those to speak and write it at will.
Reading through the artistic roll-call of tax-payer dependent junkies (and some of the recipients aren’t even indigenous Welsh, but Canadian, American and German!), I remain at an utter loss as to how the Arts Council of Wales can justify such a profligate disregard for what is going on in the country. The Welsh ‘arts’ world and the Welsh ‘government’ are sticking two fingers up at hard-working Welsh people, and that’s that.
Their arrogance is just plain astonishing.
What kind of pretty, protected bubble do these people live in??? Have they any idea at all, of what is going on in the real world, where real people are struggling to make ends meet and are wondering each and every day whether they will still have a job at the end of the month?
Never mind, I suppose the Arts Council of Wales can congratulate itself on keeping the dependency culture in Wales alive and well, if nothing else.
You know, for the life of me I just do not understand why any ‘artist’ should be paid by the tax-payer to stay at home and wallow in what can only be described as an exercise in egotistical self-indulgence – and worse still, expect the tax-payer to pick up the tab for their exotic meanderings around the world in pursuit of refining their artistic genius?
It’s an absolute farce, particularly as many Council’s have cut arts funding by 100% – the English Arts Council has had a cut of 22%. Arts Council of Wales? 2.9%, but then it is funded by that leisure centre in Cardiff Bay, so say no more.
Other funding organisations are putting wheelchairs before ‘Oh Caltaffy’ and quite right too.
Go out there and get a proper job, pay some tax, contribute, I say. You can still paint, dance, write and sculpt in the evenings and at weekends. Or is such inconvenient mundanity below you?
Actually, I’ve been exercising my artistic bent in the courtyard at the back of the house. Multilayered pyramids of dog poo, with a brush handle sticking out of it. The title? ”Twas on the Good Ship Venus’ and guess what, it hasn’t cost the tax-payer a dime. I’ll be submitting it for the next round of Creative Wales Awards – think I’m in with a chance? Come to think of it, I’ll probably have more luck with the Turner Prize.
NB The winner, last year at the Kidwelly eFestival, of the first £10,000 ebook Award in the world, Zelda Rhiando for her novel Caposcipti, enabled her to travel to the Far East to research her next novel. The thing is, not one penny of tax-payers’ money was used to fund the prize. Her winning novel also had to undergo a strict and extremely competitive judging process.
She won on pure merit, nothing more nothing less, against 100 odd other UK competitors.
Keep an eye out for my newspaper column for more on the above! The Star is being re-launched, bigger, better and reaching a wider readership.
And I thought the £100,000 odd pa to Welsh writers was bad enough (paid by the ACW of course, in other words, you).
PS David Cameron ought to keep an eye on the Arts Council of Wales, don’t you think? I mean, they are sure as hell giving away plenty of ‘something for nothing’!