The creative Industries are under scrutiny from within and those who want to exploit or control the sector for their own benefit and all seem to be coming up short .
The joke is it's NZ and the prize isn`t that big.
In New Zealand we pride ourselves on fair mindedness and there is nothing further from the truth.
One person can dominate a venture and no one does anything for fear of being ostracised.
New Zealand is littered with their failures.
The pressure is from people who are meant to be on our side.
It's people we know and trust like administrators, curators, funding agencies, strategists, dealers, organisers, educational institutions, suppliers and even some artists who want to protect their patch and not big business or a National Party conspiracy which incidentally are more likely to pay their own way for the arts.
I am not an Alliance Member and never had the need.
The closest association was an invitation to Alliance members to exhibit for free in my Ponsonby studio at White Nights last year.
Not one Alliance member even made an inquiry. The only reason we had any was a mere coincidence.
If that's a typical response, no wonder even the board can`t see the point of the Alliance existing.
The Creative Sector can be like all other industries that contribute to the economy,
we just happen to make life worth enjoying and give New Zealand a unique experience different to the rest of the world.
Money is power and the arts world is awash with both, unfortunately less of it on the artists' side of the table.
Opportunities opened to all, without the protectionism, either directly or indirectly are the hallmarks of a thriving and healthy industry, but that will never happen until there is a new strategy with creatives controlling their own destiny and not relying on everyone else to do it for them.
Art is a game of politics, money, ego as much as creativity and I can`t believe what the Artists Alliance Board is about to do.
The constitution allows it to happen and it looks like you were all out manouvered.
The mistake was appointing an executive who appear not to have the best interests of creatives at heart or implement any strategy to reverse the problems.
But most of all, it's the members themselves who are responsible over the last few years but they also have the power to do something about it.
Artist Alliance will never be the same again, even if it survives and maybe it shouldn`t.
I am truly sorry.
I `ve probably just made a lot of enemies, but who cares?
But if you want to stand up and fight not just for Artist Alliance but for all creatives sectors and opening opportunities for all.
COUNT ME IN