To Whom It May Concern – a word from your sponsor

Here is the piece of work I contributed to Bloc Projects’ 10th birthday fundraiser.

Bloc Assembly is an occasional event, each with a common theme or medium. I was involved in Bloc Assembly #1 Live Art and Bloc Assembly #11 Last Requests, and a number of artists who had previously been involved were invited to submit a postcard-sized work for a blind sale, with the proceeds going to support Bloc Projects.

Bloc Assembly #13: Birthday

I like group shows and there are always a few pleasant surprises. All the works were priced at £10 regardless of their intrinsic value. The one I bought is by Hondartza Fraga, and I think I got a bargain, although I was tempted by others too.

Like most small arts organisations these days, Bloc Projects is short of funding and needs everything it can get. I recently signed up to be an Associate Member for £15 per year. I told them that’s not enough. I prefer Access Space’s model where you can sign up for either £1, £3 or £10 per month (or any other amount, actually), but Bloc expressed a concern that membership does not give enough value. I disagree, for some people it’s about getting something but for most its about giving something back. Also, what about the 10 years of free shows? So far.

A few pounds a month, or a year, needs lots of people to contribute to make a difference. You can sign up to be an Associate Member of Bloc Projects here, and a Friend of Access Space here, or a Friend of community radio station Sheffield Live! here.

To hell with Cameron’s “Big Society”. Contrary to Thatcher’s denial, we already have a society, and a society that does not require it be branded or sloganised in order to establish its credibility.

I say put your money where your mouth is, and my mouth says “Happy birthday Bloc (and here’s a tenner).”