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Disturbance in the arts festival force.

By johnboy - 17 September 2008 28

The luvvies are outraged (OUTRAGED I TELLS YOU) by the pressures which have forced uber-luvvie Dominic Mico to resign from whatever it is he actually does at great expense to the public purse.

Canberra Arts Marketing is leading the charge and Jorian Gardner has sent out an email with enraged block cap liftout quotes such as this:

    “IF THE ACT GOVERNMENT WANTS FRINGE TO DELIVER THE MAIN PART OF THE NMF ARTS PROGRAM THEN MINISTER HARGREAVES AND THE ACT GOVERNMENT HAVE TO GET SERIOUS AND COUGH UP THE EXTRA FUNDS.” – Jorian Gardner

    “WHAT MAJOR FESTIVAL REFERS TO ITS OWN ARTS PROGRAM AS ‘STUFF?’ (today’s Canb Times. THIS IS NUTS!” – Jorian Gardner [unclosed bracket as received]

Anyone else want to join in the sound and the fury?

What’s Your opinion?


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28 Responses to
Disturbance in the arts festival force.
Hadley 8:37 pm 17 Sep 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Hadley said :

Ah good, I am glad someone has brought this argument up again! To Hell with lazy hippie artists! We need all that wasted arts money for worthwhile things! Like sport! And car parks! And… all that other stuff we want. That isn’t arts.

Yeah…because no artist ever puts work into their work. No siree. They just sit there smoking pot and their art just appears out of nowhere.

IT APPEARS OUT OF THE INNOCENT FISTS OF JOHNNY AND JANE TAX PAYER, THAT’S WHERE IT COMES FROM. I AM SO HYSTERICAL RIGHT NOW.

I-filed 8:08 pm 17 Sep 08

Anyone remember TAU theatre in Braddon? Mico used to put on his own plays there while CEO, and locked other playwrights and performers out. He had a fully-funded theatre at ratepayers expense to put on his own (very mediocre) plays. Then it burnt down very conveniently when all the paperwork was about to be inspected.

Deadmandrinking 7:59 pm 17 Sep 08

Hadley said :

Ah good, I am glad someone has brought this argument up again! To Hell with lazy hippie artists! We need all that wasted arts money for worthwhile things! Like sport! And car parks! And… all that other stuff we want. That isn’t arts.

Yeah…because no artist ever puts work into their work. No siree. They just sit there smoking pot and their art just appears out of nowhere.

tom-tom 7:35 pm 17 Sep 08

is this the same jorian gardner who writes for citynews? because that sort of comments just scream unbiased journalism

pity if it is because he/she is possibly the only local journalist worth their salt; ie the only one who doesn’t just copy out our pollies press releases and call it an exclusive.

Hadley 7:13 pm 17 Sep 08

Ah good, I am glad someone has brought this argument up again! To Hell with lazy hippie artists! We need all that wasted arts money for worthwhile things! Like sport! And car parks! And… all that other stuff we want. That isn’t arts.

barking toad 6:53 pm 17 Sep 08

Artists should not be funded by government.

Raise money from private sources – ie like minded people willing to give money away.

Or produce a product that the punters will pay for – of course that’ll never happen

Plenty of jobs for painters in the building industry – but that would mean actually working – not really something that hippies enjoy.

Vic Bitterman 6:52 pm 17 Sep 08

Gosh, the artists are outraged. Guess I’d better go drink another hot cup of tea.

Primal 6:42 pm 17 Sep 08

can’t we all just get along?

winning star 6:00 pm 17 Sep 08

I went to Fringe last year.

The Government should spend more on public artworks than the Fringe.

A waste of money.

Pandy 5:56 pm 17 Sep 08

I KNOW A LOT ABOUT ARTS, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT I LIKE,I AM TELLING YOU!

Mr Evil 5:35 pm 17 Sep 08

I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT! LOUD NOISES!

glasscentralcanberra 5:25 pm 17 Sep 08

Nope, just the sound and the fury.

Aurelius 5:19 pm 17 Sep 08

The all-caps makes my brain switch off.
Is this a new nutter of the month post?

glasscentralcanberra 5:12 pm 17 Sep 08

Nah, only 94.6% of the arts populace are wankers. And Dominic isn’t one of them. BRING BACK DOM!!

amarooresident 4:51 pm 17 Sep 08

The problem with the arts is that it is populated by arts wankers.

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