On Monday afternoon I was at Tate Modern to attend a National Campaign for the Arts advocacy seminar. Representatives of a wide range of arts organisations discussed topics including the recent Arts Council England funding changes, the McMaster report on ‘excellence’, ‘Find your talent’ and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. There were some interesting points made but it’s a shame that any gathering of arts organisations always seems to end up spending more time talking about money than anything else. Still it was lovely to see Philip Hedley in fine form: from when I started working in the arts (and I suspect many years before that) no gathering of arts organisations has ever seemed complete without the passionate, entertaining and often mischievous interventions of the former Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.
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