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More Cuts In The Arts?

As my last post attests, I’m a big fan of initiative and achieving great ideas, even when resources are limited.

Third Floor Gallery is one such Great Idea. Since February 2010, they’ve been producing some brilliant photography exhibitions showcasing a range of talent. And they’ve done it without ACE (arts council – UK government) funding.

Last spring, Joni Karanka from the gallery came up to Open Eye Gallery to talk about Third Floor’s work. Open Eye started out, just like Third Floor, as a grassroots organisation founded by dedicated photography fans who just want to share great work. That was in the 1970s. Open Eye are due this week to re-open in a new space on Liverpool’s Waterfront, and is considered a key photography gallery internationally, as well as a key cultural body within Liverpool. Joni is now cutting his hair in a bid to raise money to keep Third Floor Gallery open and brilliant.

So, I’m supporting Third Floor Gallery, by offering to also cut off 5 (or more) inches of my curly girly hair to raise money to cover running costs for the Gallery. And I’m asking anyone who has appreciated ST84Photo Blog to consider donating to this cause.

Here’s the relevant link, and it only takes you a moment to donate!

All money raised goes direct to Third Floor Gallery.

When it comes to ACE funded organisations, we asked the government to stop the cuts. Third Floor aren’t ACE funded at all so, for them, we’re asking you to give some money to start the cuts (hair only) and keep them going!

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Dr Karanka At Open Eye

Last night, Dr. Joni Karanka, from Third Floor Gallery was in Liverpool, speaking at the Redeye Network meeting held at Open Eye Gallery

His talk was on how to run an independent gallery, and he gave everyone present some great insight into how Third Floor Gallery was founded, and how they have managed to put on an absolutely top draw programme of exhibitions throughout 2010 despite receiving no Arts Council funding, and relying on small donations by visitors and supporters of the Gallery, with additional support from sponsors such as University of Wales, Newport

Joni is an excellent speaker, very relaxed and fun in his presentation, while still giving his audience a lot of information and food for thought. The event was well-attended and very well received, with drinks in The Dispensary afterwards, too. Let’s hope his inspiring talk prompts photographers in the North West to consider taking a lead from the great work done by Third Floor Gallery to further boost the wider programme of quality photographic events in the North West.

Joni, I raise my glass to you mate; job very well done. 🙂

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