ACE funding decision
30th March 2011

Following the announcement today by Arts Council England, Picture This have issued the following statement.


Picture This, Bristol are very sad and dissappointed to learn that we were unsuccessful in our NPO application.

As well as receiving regular funding over the last few years, we have had additional funding from ACE including SUSTAIN and regular Grants for the Arts from which we have been able to grow exponentially as an organisation and what we have been able to do.

We have been an invaluable resource for artists in the region and nationally, and have most recently invested in new technologies to keep up with our demand.

Our wide reaching programme has gone from strength to strength and has made a major contribution to the field of artists' film and video, as well as building arts partnerships across the globe.

Our innovative model of combining artistic production, exhibition and technical expertise has generated a catalogue of experimental and exciting works. This has included recent new and award winning commissions such as 'Slow Action' by Ben Rivers and 'After the Crash' by Hito Steyerl and the many of the artworks we have worked on have been shown extensively, won prizes and received rave reviews. ACE have identified us as having STRONG national reputation in relation to their goals and priorities, but financially unsustainable. This is extremely frustrating for us during a time when as a team we have never been so busy or in such demand as we are today. Our services support artists and arts organisations across the UK, regularly installing shows and providing technology at venues such as Ikon, Chisenhale, London and MIMA and our commissions have been shown across the world.  ACE's decision will have major impact upon the future of artists' film and video in the region, nationally and internationally.

We continue to be grateful for the ongoing support from Bristol City Council.

Lisa Panting, Director, Picture This

Paul O'Neill - Chair of Picture This


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