VIVID to Close

VIVID have announced their impending closure due to funding cuts imposed by Arts Council England. The news comes only a year after Ikon Eastside was forced to close due to cuts in public funding.

VIVID, the contemporary media arts organisation based in Digbeth, this week announces that it is set to cease trading.

The Board of Directors have been working closely with Yasmeen Baig Clifford, the company’s Director, to decide how best to move forward following the news in March 2011 that VIVID would be one of the 206 organisations to have their funding cut completely by Arts Council England from April 2012 as a result of the new national portfolio review process. After an extensive Feasibility Study, which consulted a number of key stakeholders, the decision has been taken that Birmingham Centre for Media Arts, which trades as VIVID, will close this spring…

It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors announces this news but they are working closely with the team to ensure that the VIVID legacy lives on. There are a number of options in discussion at present, including the continuation of The Garage project space after the summer to ensure that it remains a staple of the region’s arts offering in the future. Details of VIVID’s continued legacy will be announced in due course on the website, Twitter and Facebook page.

VIVID’s closure is yet another blow to Digbeth’s creative industries. DRA hope current discussions to keep The Garage Project open will succeed – the space is a versatile venue that has been used for exhibitions, concerts, hackerspaces, club nights, festivals and much more over the years.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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