Friday, April 07, 2006

Letter to Arts Council from Ben Borthwick, Curator, London

I question how the decision to close Ormeau Baths, the most important contemporary art space in Northern Ireland that has single handedly transformed the perception of the visual arts in Northern Ireland both domestically and internationally, sits with ACNI’s Visual Arts Funding Policy which states that the Council:

“wishes to see Northern Ireland develop as a centre of excellence for the production, presentation and critical analysis of contemporary visual arts. It encourages quality, innovation and experimentation to develop a culture in which visual art is respected and valued”

I hope you reconsider this decision.

Ben Borthwick
Curator
London

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