If anything sums up Manchester City Council and it’s approach to the cuts in central government funding, it is the news today that the city’s creative director Peter Saville will not have his £120,000 a year contract renewed. He has enjoyed this consultancy role for 6 years and his output has been “minimalist”.
A stripey M. But you don’t understand, do you? Peter’s “work” was described by design critic Alice Twemlow who wrote: “…in the 1980s… he would directly and irreverently “lift” an image from one genre—art history for example ( or, er, the alphabet ) —and recontextualize it in another.”
The whole episode highlights the lack of a sense of priority in Manchester’s leaders. The council for years has received much more money than other areas from central goverment to deal with high levels of deprivation, poverty, crime and lack of opportunity in the city, and then proceeded to waste £500,000 on vanity like this.
But then, as Sir Richard Leese might say, £500,000 is only a very small amount and will do very little when we are faced by the enormous cuts by the Tory coalition…….blah,blah,blah
Read the full story here in the Manchester Evening News ( where the comments section at the end make entertaining reading )