Join The Campaign : ‘Save The ICA London’
The ICA is currently in a fight for its very survival. For over six decades the ICA has been pumping fresh blood into the veins of London’s contemporary art scene. We need to get behind this important institution, visit it regularly. and better still, join the ICA today. ArtLyst
Here are some quotes from the forum.
Ekow Eshun, Executive Director and Alan Yentob Chairman of the troubled ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art, London) will be standing down. The announcement comes as the ICA struggles to remain a financially viable institution in an environment devastated by government cuts to the arts. There has been no official explanation of the development, other than a press release posted late yesterday, stating that it was time for them to move on, now that the ICA’s future was stable. Yentob has claimed only to have hung on in there to support his director. Many still feel that the pair were responsible for the institution’s crisis, and that their parting has dragged on and on despite public pressure, including ArtLyst’s Save ICA campaign, a facebook pressure group which has nearly 3000 supporters. Hundreds have called for the resignation of the pair over the past few months. Last night, an ICA spokeswoman said Mr Eshun had not been pushed to resign, in spite of reports that his position had caused managerial friction in recent times. His departure comes only five months after a bitter staffing crisis, when employees took a confidence vote in its director.
Leaked Information From An ICA Insider:
My main problem with your group is that as the ICA is now there’s
nothing to save. Live arts have gone, the director(s) of talks have
gone, the director of visual arts has gone. There is a temporary
director of events, affectionately know as the coffin dodger. Why should
the ACE (Arts Council England) pump a regular £1.3M into the place let alone agree to the
second £600k installment of a £1.2M grant that apparently has already
been spent unbeknown to them at the time.
Yes, the ICA should be
saved but this group needs to come up with the T&C and state them.
The ICA should never be a fluffy 60 year old creature that needs
preserving forever because it’s 60 years old.
you’re recommending people should join but the arrogance of those in
charge at the moment would only see that as an endorsement of themselves
(their egos are bigger than most people can imagine).
.The ICA was founded by Peter Watson, Herbert Read, Geoffrey Grigson, Mesens, and Roland Penrose in 1946 just after the second world war. The ICA’s founders wanted to establish a space where artists, writers and scientists could debate ideas outside of the traditional walls of art schools. Today we have so many arts institutions, project spaces, across the UK and overseas curating brilliant shows. Artisjustaword Aijaw
The ICA is just a space If it goes under then we have lost an excellent platform. Do we want the ICA to survive or sink? Maybe we should take direct action and write to Alan Yentob. If this forum of over 1400 believe that Artistic Director Ekow Eshun should go It is a lobby group with actual power. Think about it and get your friends to join this group.
If someone would like to write an article. I would love to post it on the ArtLyst blog. It will reach a large audience. I think many of us are in the dark about the goings on at the ICA.