Prospecting digs deep in the CIRCA archive to uncover treasures of thought and pearls of wisdom. Echoes from the archive may disrupt, challenge, provoke or simply reflect on ways of making and thinking about art. It is open to all: send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glancing through the scans of CIRCA from years gone by some items jump out, not just because they seem pertinent to what’s in the ether at present but because the original story and the furore that followed was bizarre enough to be remembered. Notable also is the fact that such incendiary stories did occasionally ‘get out’ and were widely aired and debated even without social media to add to the momentum.
Referencing ‘Winter in the Arts Council’s Garden’ by Joan Fowler in CIRCA 27, March/April 1986
Excavating in the archives brings to the surface some issues that still have urgency and adds perspective on current events. In light of the recent outrage about the de-prioritisation of the Arts in the Ministerial portfolio it is compelling to read of another uproar that took place thirty years ago when, as an outcome of the 1986 budget, funding to Arts Festivals and the Theatre Touring scheme was withdrawn. More