Friday, October 26, 2007

Fair go

Gather round. You may have to read this twice – it’s complicated. You will remember back in early October that CNZ published its new Strategic Plan. One of its platforms was the intention to “invest in the distinct expressions of New Zealand’s arts and culture at key international events and markets.” The Melbourne Art Fair would seem to be just that sort of key international event – and nearby too – so it’s a surprise to hear that CNZ has pulled out of supporting this Art Fair in the way it has done over the last few years. Did all the Tripofalifetime reports find against art fairs? We don’t know, of course, but if any of you TOALTers want to share what you recommended, feel free. Instead of supporting the Fair, and here’s where it gets complicated, CNZ told Dealer Galleries they could apply separately for funding. Four of them apparently did just that although only three got funding of between $8,000 and 10,000 each. Why has CNZ changed its approach before the report on International events is put before Council? Has it been put before Council? What difference does it make? Which TOALT member came out against any CNZ involvement in Art Fairs? Based on past experience with CNZ, expect few answers - speculate at will.