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BUSINESS: Hard Times

By Anna Stassen of www.sakurajewellery.com

I was dismayed to read that the fantastic Jelly Leg’d Chicken Gallery/charitable arts organisation, based in the heart of Reading for the last 16 years and other arts organisations that work with Jelly (the Voice Studio, hang-on, arjeea21 and Outcasts) will be without a home come 1st March 2010.

A combination of uncertainty of funding and enforced departure from Reading’s Old Town Hall means that the diverse programme of activities that Jelly has offered from one town centre location (workshops for children and adults, support to up-and-coming young artists to name but a small part) will sadly be no more.

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Jelly’s founder Suzanne Stallard remains resolutely positive “We will still be working to develop the organisation, work with other Reading art groups and individuals and deliver town centre exhibitions and events” but the reality is that the future of organisations like Jelly without a central hub is destabilising and the outlook for vulnerable arts organsations facing these difficulties can be bleak.

It is by no means exclusively arts organisations that are finding the current climate tough. Many voluntary groups / organisations, from mother and toddler groups and youth clubs to community meal service providers, are also feeling the effects of cuts being made to government grants.

In times of recession, companies, philanthropists and investors in charitable trusts also tend to tighten their belts, leading to a reduction in the amount of money the arts can access from corporate sponsorship, donations or charitable grant funding.

In an ideal world, government spending would continue to support the arts when these sources of funding decrease or are inaccessible. However, in the current climate, cuts to government funding leave hard- pressed arts groups struggling to survive - ultimately many smaller arts organisations may end up going to the wall.

Alan Davey, the chief executive of the Arts Council England has warned that the increasing cuts in Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98
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