UPDATE ON THE QUEENSLAND CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
IN THE WAKE OF THE QLD STATE GOVERNMENT'S
DISGRACEFUL AND SAVAGE ARTS FUNDING CUTS:
"Now the [QCP] Centre is trying to negotiate to break its lease, give up its venue, and somehow find sponsorship or philanthropic support to continue in 2014. Amongst other consequences, breaking the lease means the Centre loses the large bond it paid back in 2009. ‘Putting this building in was a massive investment of over $500,000, after a decade of effort by the community to try and get a centre for photography in Queensland,’ [QCP Director Maurice] Ortega laments. As things stand now, the Centre can only guarantee it will stay open until April."
"The QCP would like to inform the community that it has reached an agreement with its partners to maintain the QCP venue open till the end of April. This would allow us to fulfill the international program at the photo l.a. art fair in January 2014, three exhibition periods at the QCP venue, the biennial Queensland Festival of Photography in April 2014 and the companion conference Photography and Fictions... The QCP will continue in its efforts to find strategic partners and will keep you informed of outcomes."
-Statement from Queensland Centre for Photography, 11 December 2013.
Read full statement HERE
"We have three weeks to find new strategic partners that would allow the institution to keep its doors open."
- Statement from Queensland Centre for Photography, 11 November 2013.
Read full statement HERE
We nervously wait to here about the future of the Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP) in light of the Queensland State Government's serious budget cuts.
QCP is exemplary in its support of the photography community throughout all of Australia and clearly vital for so many Queensland photographers and photography lovers. It would be a tragedy if their activities need to be reduced or if the existence of QCP becomes untenable. The creative community/industry is huge and in a country as well off as ours that vital creative institutions are under financial/political threat is quite simply heartbreaking and nonsensical.
In the coming days we will share news here about QCP as it is announced. We also plan to post some of the amazing photography currently coming out of Queensland.
Queensland photographers who would like to share their photographs in this post please email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Queensland arts sector is reeling following the announcement by the Arts Minister of the complete defunding of 15 arts organisations and cuts to a number of others estimated at 30%... Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP), Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) and Feral Arts are three which have completely lost their triennial operational support."- Tamara Winikoff
Tamara Winikoff, Savage Queensland arts cuts, Arthub website, November 8, 2013
SUNSHINE STATE- PHOTOGRAPHY COMING OUT OF QUEENSLAND
RAY COOK WEBSITE
ANA PAULA ESTRADA WEBSITE
CHRIS HOOPMANN WEBSITE
TAMMY LAW WEBSITE
HENRI VAN NOORDENBURG WEBSITE
"I was recently fortunate to be selected into the QCP's mentorship program. It is sad to see such a dedicated and valuable organisation being treated this way. "- David Symons
DAVID SYMONS WEBSITE
LOUIS LIM WEBSITE
KEITH CAREY WEBSITE
Not only is Brisbane based Vanessa exhibiting next month at Queensland Centre for Photography (in what may be the last exhibition if strategic partners aren't found) Vanessa is also currently exhibiting two photos in an exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute. Her work was selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography from the Portland Art Museum, from over 13,000 entries worldwide.
VANESSA BERTAGNOLE WEBSITE
"Perhaps the most compelling argument for public funding is that it’s the only way in which the pleasures, rewards and liberations of art – well known even to many of those who argue most fiercely against state subsidies – do not become merely the exclusive property of the wealthy." - Alison Croggon
Alison Croggon, Why Art? Overland Journal, Spring 2013.
FULL ARTICLE This article not only contextualizes the political motivations behind the Queensland Arts budget cuts, it also considers some of the mechanisms at play in ostracizing art funding when Australians are overwhelmingly in support of the arts.
"Beyond everything else in contemporary life we all need creative stimulation and engagement with things bigger than ourselves – Photography does that better than just about anything else, and the QCP is the most important centre of photographic thought and activity in Queensland, and perhaps even Australia." - Dr Doug Spowart
Doug Spowart, A letter to the Minister, WOTWEDID blog, September 29, 2013