Taxpayers Fork Out Millions for Britain-Hating Art Gallery that Attacks Priti Patel

The fruits of the taxpayer’s labours are on full display up in Manchester. The city’s Art Gallery, which along with the Whitworth and Manchester Museum will pocket a cool £4,881,168 over the next three years courtesy of Arts Council England, is already splashing the cash on a host of impressive exhibits. Here are a couple of examples, including a printed-out visa rejection…

The funding is part of the Arts Council National Portfolio. As Guido previously reported, in total, the Arts Council will spend around £1.34 billion in grants in the three years to 2026. In previous years around 80% of these grants came direct from taxpayers, according to the TaxPayers’ Alliance. So the taxpayer is coughing up the cash for a gallery which now features an empty exhibit, supposedly to highlight the “relative absence” of minority women’s art in the collection…

For the old-fashioned types still interested in ‘artwork’ that does at least exist, there’s also a deeply moving piece attacking Priti Patel:

Money well spent… 

Hat-tip: Tom Jones

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Arts Council Splashes Taxpayer Cash on Wasteful Woke Projects

As the government prepares for a massive raid of everyone’s pockets in the autumn statement next week, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has uncovered the eye-watering sums still being poured into the Arts Council National Portfolio, much of it at the gift of the taxpayer. Just bear all this in mind when Jeremy Hunt stands at the despatch box…

In 2021/22, the taxpayer was behind a massive £340 million in Grant-in-Aid funds to National Portfolio Organisations. Over the next three years, those organisations are expected to receive a similar amount per year. In total, the Arts Council will spend around £1.34 billion in grants in the three years to 2026. In previous years around 80% of these grants came direct from taxpayers, according to the TPA. Where does that cash go? Here’s a flavour: 

  • Headlong Theatre (£2,076,906): Artistic director described Shakespeare’s Henry V, which she is currently directing, as “the pinnacle of… white supremacy and toxic masculinity”.
  • Artichoke Trust (£1,430,244): Recent projects include, as reported on Guido, a billboard saying “Hey Straight White Men, Pass the Power”.
  • Music Action International (£330,000): Openly slammed the government’s immigration and asylum policies, and described the “Rwanda plan” as “brutal”.
  • Discovery Children’s Story Centre (£286,791): Hosted a “Drag Story Time” for children aged between 3 and 7 years old.

Hundreds of thousands wasted on drag events for children and billboards attacking straight white men. Remember: “everyone” will have to pay more tax soon… 

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Arts Council Splurges £100,000 on Research Into the Obvious

As the Treasury thinks of ways to plug the massive hole left in public finances by coronavirus, Guido suggests it starts by reconsidering the price tags of some of the government’s own contracts. On Tuesday, Arts Council England began tendering for a new position to research the impact the pandemic has had on the cultural workforce:

“In particular, we are interested in the impact on employment, working patterns and access to jobs across the cultural sector as a whole, including those employed, working freelance or just beginning their career, as well as considering how impact has been felt more specifically within the arts, museums and libraries.”

The top rate they’re willing to pay for this gruelling research is an absurd £100,000 of taxpayers’ money. A six-figure contract to find out how the arts have been impacted? Everything is locked down and closed, nobody has any work, it’s terrible. Send Guido the £100,000 please. 

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Arts Council Defends Handing £215,305 to One Drag Performer

Guido continues to be amazed that one drag act received hundreds of thousands of pounds in Coronavirus funds from Arts Council England. Documents published on the Council’s website revealed performer ‘Le Gateau Chocolat’ received more taxpayer cash than orchestras, school foundations, entire museums, galleries, and several festivals. The Department for Culture Media and Sport tells Guido that the process was run independently by an arms-length body, and Ministers have no discretion over funding…

Pressing the matter, Guido got in touch with Arts Council England, who astonishingly defended the decision, telling Guido “The criteria to be awarded a grant are rigorous and we are confident we have applied them in all our decision making.”

The Council went on to say that “Le Gateau Chocolat is a leading Black and LGBTQ+ performer, and one of the few performers in Britain whose work spans across multiple art forms, including drag, cabaret, opera, musical theatre, and live art.” And added that with the enormous pot of free money, Le Gateau will “put on a number of planned shows, which would involve employing a range of freelancers”. How many, and for what purposes have not been specified. 

Read the Arts Council’s statement in full here…

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