Ealing's 'Doomed Bid' To Become Borough of Culture
Council's policy is severely criticised by local arts organisation
Ealing's Council Leader has been sent a highly critical letter about the borough's arts policy in light of it attempting to become the London Borough of Culture 2019.
The competition, launched by the Mayor of London is aimed at showcasing the best of arts and culture and the winning borough would benefit from over £1 million of investment. Council leader Julian Bell said, ''Ealing knows how to celebrate people and places, and reveal the value of culture in bringing everyone together to strengthen our community. We need to show how culture will contribute to making Ealing a great place. It’s a competition across London and we know we have a lot to offer and can win.”
However, Gill Rowley who heads Ealing Arts and Leisure thinks the bid is doomed describing Ealing Council as ''the most determinedly anti-culture, anti-arts, anti-heritage council that could be imagined''.
In her letter to Councillor Bell she lists why Ealing Council is ill equipped to take part in this competition.
She says Ealing Council,
''has thwarted artistic endeavour for many years by withdrawing funding and raising the hire rates
at the Town Hall to such a degree that the vast majority of arts organisations cannot afford to use
this community amenity, and have precious few alternative options.
She concludes by asking why Cllr Bell thinks LBE is 'in any way qualified to launch this bid, and why any voluntary organisation should put effort into it?'
We have requested and are awaiting a response from Ealing Council.
The bid is due to be submitted on 1 December with the winner will be announced February 2018.
1 November 2017