The art projects that kill

I’m getting somewhat fed-up with ‘art projects’. Mainly because they seem to be able to take huge sums of cash for implementation, whilst more deserving and more desperate projects get nothing. Then the ‘art projects’ stray off into areas that affect the hard grafters and ordinary folk who, unlike the ‘art project’ air-heads, aren’t able to get such easy funding.

Whilst essential life and death projects helping children, alcoholics, drug addicts, the terminally ill, the mentally ill, or even the housebound, are finding it hard to survive here in Liverpool, the ‘art projects’ always have money falling out of their pockets, they are so well funded.

Why has it come to this?

Now, to rub salt into the wound, it seems ‘art projects’ are endangering the livelihoods of ordinary people by encroaching on their businesses.

As an example, all too often proper businesses like cafés are being destroyed by the highly funded ‘art project’ cafés. Traditional cafés, built up over the years by ordinary working folk, run as a traditional business, stand no chance when an ‘art project’ café opens using an arts grant to make the premises lavish and attractive in ways the ordinary cafés can’t afford. Meals can be subsidised, and, relatively speaking, an ‘art project’ café doesn’t have to run at a proper profit or even pay its way. The art money pays for everything. This is why ordinary cafés cannot compete and so are being driven out of business.

In Liverpool a great many ‘art projects’ are not actually run by locals. They are owned and run by outsiders who live very comfortably off the back of ‘art projects’. Typically these outsiders scour the country looking for opportunities to make a very nice living by agitating for the establishment of an ‘art project’ in whatever their chosen field might be, in whatever geographical location they can find. These professional leaches manage to establish random ‘art projects’ that nobody really wants, taking up space that could be used for a far more legitimate and pressing purpose.

Isn’t it time to say no and to de-fund all this rubbish?