More insider dealing at the Arts Council
The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London should, by all reasonable criteria, have been dropped from the Arts Council’s list of benefit claimants.
The ICA all but went bust last year after a lot period of decline. Its chairman, the BBC arts fixer Alan Yentob, and its executive director Ekow Eshun both resigned.The ACE pumped in emergency funding of £1.2 million and a new team took over.
But the venue is off the map of contemporary art activity in London, the audience has fled and despite many brave words
of renaissance the ICA is just delivering same-old, same-old.
During the ACE’s discussions on funding cuts, several around the table were of the opinion that the ICA should be left to sink since it cannot swim unaided and serves no apparent purpose.
who was responsible for its decline. It would have been impolite to Ekow to slaughter his former cash cow. So the ACE collectively agreed to throw it a lifeline. Another one. Good money after bad.
And they say the process is unbiased. That makes two members
of the ACE who have a direct interest in its grants. No doubt they both left the room at the appropriate time, but still…