An interesting Birmingham Post commentary by Simon Jones, Creative & Music Director for The Custard Factory Spaces. He seems to suggest that Brum’s lack of cultural self-belief is intimately linked to the fact that taxpayers’ money mostly bypasses the city’s more adventurous movers & shakers, and those creatives whom funders tacitly deem ‘not-quite-safe’.

Certainly, if the recent emerging ‘eccentric city’ media image (pianos, flash-mobs, etc) isn’t to evaporate back into the media mists then it should be backed up by solid and sustained cultivation of the more eccentric creative fringes. The cancelling of the £7m 18-month off-site MAC arts programme would seem to be a lost opportunity, in that regard, in terms of reaching those who are no longer inclined to fill in forms to get a slim chance of patronage.