Tuesday, 26 February 2013

More Bad News From The Credit Crunch

I fear that this is going to become a regular column on the blog, in which I present a press release from a venue that is either closing or under threat. After shedding a tear for The Brew House (which resides in what was once my favourite place in Wessex, Taunton), Hackney Wick's interestingly named ]performance s p a c e [ is getting worried.

Put into a panic by the conformation of the closure of Stoke Newington International Airport and the Old Vic Tunnels - in one of these cases, the old enemy of the arts, "development of the area" was mentioned - ]performance s p a c e [ is renewing its call for public support. 

I have little to add to the press release, so time for some cut and paste. If I don't write an original article soon, though, I'll get mistaken for a national newspaper. 

Due to the fast paced gentrification taking place in Hackney Wick, faces the same fate and desperately needs your help, now. ]performance s p a c e [ need to raise £6000.00 immediately and are running a crowd-funding campaign: I  ]ps[ (please see HERE) and a series of workshops (please see HERE). The capital raised through these two initiatives is a the finale drive to save the organisation from closure.

]performance s p a c e [ is an entirely unfunded, artist led organisation and the only, performance art specific, studio and exhibition space in the UK. Radical, and challenging, they programme the work you seldom see anywhere else. They are partners of Live Art UK, the national network of Live Art promoters and to date have programmed performance, film, symposiums and workshops from artists such as: Ron Athey, Franko B, Amanda Coogan, Alastair MacLennan, Kira O'Reilly, Sheree Rose, Manuel Vason, members of Black Market International along with a plethora of emerging and mid career performance artists such as: Sinead O’Donnell, jamie lewis hadley, Benjamin Sebastian, Bean, Poppy Jackson, Hugh O’Donnell, Martin O’Brien, Dani Ploeger, Nicola Canavan & Lynn Lu. In a letter of support, Lois Keidan (Director, Live Art Development Agency) wrote:

“We see ]performance s p a c e [ as a critical partner whose contribution to the cultural landscape of the UK cannot be overestimated.” and as “...absolutely vital to a healthy culture and to the research and development of new artists, ideas and discourses.”

Flaneur zine recently interviewed the directors, Bean and Benjamin Sebastian. You can read  the interview HERE.

]performance s p a c e [ has continuously programmed new artists and maintained open access through FREE admission to ALL core programming. ]performance s p a c e [ supports hundreds of marginalised artists, nationally and internationally, all for the direct benefit of UK audiences, yet is being neglected by both local and national cultural bodies and funding organisations. To date, the organisation has had a total of six funding bids rejected by major funding bodies and despite regular requests, no support from local authorities.

This one of a kind artist led initiative needs your help NOW or it will close by April.

Don’t let another unique art space disappear.

I ♥ ]ps[- Please donate

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