Ever since my camera was destroyed in THIS INCIDENT I hate taking photos cause all I got around to use is a crappy, cheap lens econo-consuma 'Snappie-Pix' box. But today's news event dictated that I bring it out and take a few pics.
Now I can't comment on the rights and wrongs of the withdrawl of funds and the subsequent closure as I don't know the players involved and am not privy to the politics of the 'Arts Scene' here in Northern Ireland. But I can document the events both in pictures and on the 'Letter to America' Podcast - so I was there today for the 'Silent Vigil' as artists from the area congregated to show their support. As you can see in the photo above it did snow.
This 'Art Couple' looked pretty cool so I interviewed them - tune in to this weekend's Podcast to hear what they had to say.
The guy was nice enough to pose with me as I point to this dramatic sign illustrating the artists' concerns about the Arts Council.
Man, that sign is pretty vicious - I don't know if the person portrayed is one of the Staff of the Arts Council - I hope to interview either their Chief Executive or their Director. Grainne McCann, Communications Manager of the Council was supposed to get back to me this morning about this - I imagine they are quite busy dealing with this issue.
Here's the 'Cool Art Couple' again - I like anybody who makes a sign with the word 'Warum?' on it.
Anyhew, Dear Listener, I'll be discussing the closure of the gallery and playing the interviews I recorded on this weekend's show.
Update - 5:30pm: The Art Councils' Statement regarding the closure of the gallery can be read HERE.