The Arts Council has axed Side Gallery as a revenue client in its ‘National Portfolio’. The reasons for the decision are:
1. The gallery is part of a collective and therefore doesn’t have a board;
2. The gallery needs Arts Council funding and therefore isn’t sustainable;
3. There are too many galleries dedicated to humanist documentary photography in Side’s geographical location.
This flies in the face of the fact that the collective has continued to deliver what is unquestionably the strongest cultural legacy created in the North East over the past 40 years.
Unlike many Arts organisations, its egalitarian collective governance has meant Side Gallery has never approached the Arts Council or Northern Arts for a bail-out. It is the only gallery in the country dedicated to documentary photography.
We, the undersigned, call to the Arts Council England to recognise the regional, national & international importance of Side Gallery and request that it does everything possible to secure the future of this unique organisation.
The I LOVE SIDE GALLERY! petition to Arts Council England was written by Side Gallery and is in the category Arts & Entertainment at GoPetition.