Along with everyone else yesterday, Talking Birds got news of its Arts Council funding settlement for 2012 – 15. And whilst we were delighted to be included in the National Portfolio, it was of course tempered by news of those companies and colleagues who didn’t appear on the list. If there’s one thing that characterises this field of activity, however, it’s resilience, ingenuity and drive, and it’s been frankly inspiring to witness the spirit and determination of such companies in the face of demoralising news. It’s from where, over the last couple of days, we’ve heard the cry ‘onwards and upwards!’ most frequently, and most loudly.
For our part, we will continue with our ambitious programme of work in Coventry, the West Midlands and beyond with an ever more acute sense that the need to work together has never been more pressing, so we can create work which touches the lives of as many people as possible. The arts funding pot has got smaller, but the need for art now feels so much bigger.
Nick, Derek & Janet