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1989’s ‘New Beginnings: Soviet Art In Glasgow.’
Future programmes administered by New Beginnings, the pioneering independent organisation behind 1989’s successlul season oi Soviet Arts in Glasgow, are underthreat unless iundlng can be secured lrom Glasgow District Council. Last week, the council’s Finance Committee postponed a decision on grant aid oi £15,000, money needed to develop and research two city-wide projects - a Czech and Slovak season and a major iestival involving the live Soviet Central Asian Republics-to be held in 1993 or 1994.
The council wishes to ‘continue consideration’ oi the application and has asked ior detailed business plans relating to both projects and a statement at commitment irom other iunding bodies. ironically, the council grant was sought to cover just such development work. Although no iirm
decision has been made by the council, ;
should it reluse to iund the venture, New Beginnings Ltd will go into immediate liquidation.
The six-week season ol ‘Soviet Arts in Glasgow’ opened in October 1989 and
was an important curtain-raiser lor the city’s year as European Culture Capital. At the time, the Glasgow Herald called it ‘a periect demonstration oi why Glasgow is a lilting heir to the title at European city at culture’ while The List said it was ‘a unique opportunityior British audiences and artists to investigate Soviet arts.’ Over 170,000 people attended the various visual art, theatre and lilm events which involved collaborations between 25 Scottish and 20 Soviet arts institutions.
The continued existence at New Beginnings Ltd is vital il Scotland is to maintain its enviable relationship with arts organisations in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. During the past week, letters oi support have ilooded in lrom lunding bodies (including the Arts Council oi Great Britain), lrom individual artists, galleries and theatre groups, and trom leading writers and journalists. The city has much to gain in the long term irom New Beginnings, and it should not be iorgotten that the proposed events will have a direct iniluence on Glasgow’s bid to become Arts 2000/Visual Arts Capital in 1996. (Alan Morrison)
After 1763 days in captivity in Beirut, it‘s back home for 52-year-old Terry Waite. The List outlines ten nasty surprises awaiting Britain’s favourite church envoy.
Terry Waite: in tor a shock
1. Those three Agatha Christie paperbacks you borrowed from Hackney Library in 1986 have now accrued combined fines of £17,876.56p.
2. The bike you chained to Lambeth Palace has badly rusted, and someone‘s nicked the bell Colonel Gaddaﬁ gave you.
3. Rangers haven’t got any Catholic players.
4. The Harlesden Road Late-Nite Pizza-Kebab ’n’ Curry House has become a yuppie delicatessen.
5. Andrew Lloyd Webber is still writing musicals.
6. The bailiffs have been round and requisitioned your stereo and TV for non-payment of the P011 Tax.
7. Bryan Adams isn‘t No 1 any more.
8. Bruce Forsyth is still presenting The Generation Game.
9. Your package holiday to Dubrovnik has been cancelled.
10. Marathon has changed its name to Snickers.
I Scottish Film Success: Mark Ewen’s portrait of the amiable Norman Love — Burglar has won the Most Popular Short Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Film and Video Festival. The Aberdeen production shares the limelight with French film Sandman and Italian short Time to Waste, which won awards for art direction and camerawork respectively.
Meanwhile Gillies (Conquest ofthe South Pole) MacKinnon's The Grass Arena has added another Best British Film Award to its collection, this time at the France‘s Dinard Film Festival, where it also won the Distributor’s Award, which more or less guarantees theatrical distribution in France. The film had already scooped the prestigious Michael Powell Award at this year‘s Edinburgh Film Festival.
I Museums Director: The new director of the National Museums of Scotland is Mark Jones (40), currently keeper ofcoins and medals at the British Museum in London. Jones, whose appointment is initially for a period ofseven years, succeeds Dr Robert Anderson in January.
I Glasgow Concert Hall: Glasgow District Council has agreed to give a further £600,000 grant to the city‘s financially troubled Royal Concert Hall. although councillors were warned that more may be required before the end ofthe financial year. Cllr Bill English, director of finance, stated that costs were higher than originally envisaged and that projected levels of revenue had not been met. Cllr Pat Lally. the Labour leader, added that the concert hall had only just reached the end of its first full operational year and that management was improving
I Craigmillar Green Scheme: Green
: Scheme. the Craigmillar Festival
5 Society’s Arts and Environment Project, is branching out with a
9 programme of tree planting and a
multi-media performance event to be held during National Tree Week
; (28 Nov—8 Dec). Over 100 adults and children from the local community ; have been preparing for Treevent,
an evening’s entertainment on Fri 29 Nov that will include slides, music, a
' bonfire and a ceilidh. Further details
from Teresa Shimmings on 031 657 4817.
I Designer Sale UK: A range of top fashion clothes and accessories from
' designers including Jasper Conran. John Galliano and Bodymap will be
on sale at the Student Union.
5 Glasgow School of Art from Tue
26—Sat 30 Nov (Tue—Thurs 10am—8pm; Fri 10am—5pm; Sat 10am-6pm. Entry to the sale is £1 ,
but items are offered at extraordinarily cheap prices, such as Vivienne Westwood designs from £10 and Duffer of St George from £5. Further details on 071 323 6811.
I Visually Impaired Meeting: An open public meeting to examine the provision of services for visually impaired people in the Lothians area will be held at 2pm on Sat 23 Nov in the Lothian Regional Council Regional Chambers in Parliament Square on the High Street. The meeting is designed to give visually impaired consumers of the region’s services the chance to discuss provisions with those responsible for them. Tea and coffee will be served from 1.30pm.
I Scottish Chamber Orchestra: A special standing ovation should greet the SCO at its next performance following the announcement last
' weekend that it had won the £75,000
1991 Prudential Award for the Arts. Earlier this year, the orchestra beat offhundrcds ofapplicants from all over the country to win the £25,000 Award for Music and automatic entry onto the shortlist for the insurance company‘s overall award. The other shortlisted organisations, also winners of their respective categories. were DV8 Physical Theatre (Dance). Mecklenburgh Opera (Opera). Gate Theatre (Theatre) and Dulwich Picture Gallery (Visual Arts). The judges commended the SCO for its innovative approach to music. particularly in relation to the commissioning of 25 new works, and for its commitment to the regions and touring.
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I Edinburgh Science Festival: The Fourth Edinburgh International Science Festival aims to bring ‘The Universe’ to the capital between 11—25 April 1992. In recognition of this expansive theme, the programme will include talks by leading scientists in the field ofspace
research, as well as other
discussions, exhibitions and films on
. subjects as diverse as genetic engineering. archaeology and
; computer software. Enquiries can be
made to the ESP. 1 Broughton
5 Market, Edinburgh, EH3 6NU (557
' I Sick Kids Appeal: Tickets (HS/£12.50) are still available for Up
The Usher, a comedy and music
benefit concert in aid ofthe
Edinburgh Sick Kids Appeal. In addition to the artists named in the last issue of The List, the line-up will include The Silencers, Arnold
I Brown, T’Pau, Jools Holland and
many more. Tickets are on sale at the
: Usher Hall, Virgin in Princes Street | and all TOCTA agents.
The List 22 November— 5 December 1991 5