The present tight-fisted Council’s days are numbered.Come the local elections in May should hopefully see the election of a Council who think Newcastle’s culture is worth the investment;so make your vote count.
I think it’s a tragedy what has happened. A bad decision that has made a waste of the time and money spent on the project, and an art space that could have brought artists into the centre of Newcastle life.
Seems like another bout of short-sightedness from those who hold the purse strings. It takes years to build up an organisation like Waygood - and one silly funding decision to destroy a lot of hard work. I know how much effort it takes to create buildings, and it seems very unfair that you won’t be able to inhabit the building you’ve put so much good work into.
I run BV Studios, newly established in Bristol. Withdrawing Waygood’s funding at the final stage is seriously short-sighted and very difficult to understand…it shows a marked lack of joined-up thinking. BV Studios, thank goodness, exists entirely through the generosity of one business man and his vision to support artists in Bristol - relying on funding in today’s economic climate is a deeply worrying business. I fervently hope that ACE and/or your local council can be persuaded to see that continuing their support for Waygood would be of much greater benefit in the long run and a more intelligent and positive response to the current crisis.