A not-very-regular parsing of the Birmingham Post for relevant news items.
- Debt-ridden art firm closed down. You gotta love those headlines. It seems ArtSites, a community arts team based at the MAC and operating across the city, have had to close down after they found a Â£47,000 deficit in their accounts and funding from the Arts Council and Birmingham City Council was withdrawn.
- Independent shops may be offered discount rents. Relevant, I feel, because indy shops are more likely to stock cool stuff made by local people. Quote from Clive Dutton: “Mary [Portas] has opened our eyes to a whole new range of issues. The creatives and the retailers and the independents are vital to the masterplan, so we are open to suggestions and ideas about how we can to an ever greater extent make Birmingham distinct. All the great international cities are distinctive in some way and that can come from independent retailers.” [Later: There’s more on this at Style Birmingham.]
- Birmingham needs to love London talks about the notion that we should stop trying to compete with the capital and look to it as a trading partner, something I’ve been thinking for a while now. London isn’t a city – it’s a whole ‘nother country. What can we offer that compliments London?
- 100 years of Birmingham watercolours. Terry Grimley does that thing he does so well and gives us the full history of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.
I think that’s enough news for now.