Artists and arts companies are very serious people. Those who function at a high enough level to be worth bothering with are not just “creative” in some vaguely mystical way. They work extraordinarily hard. They think deeply about what they’re doing. They plan ahead. Ask any serious theatre or film producer in Ireland what they’re doing in 2015 and 2016 and they’ll have a pretty good idea. Those who survive in the arts in Ireland are tough, intelligent, highly organised and relentlessly entrepreneurial. If you want to “capitalise” on their work, you might start by understanding them. If you want to understand them, you might begin by talking to them.
Fintan O’Toole writes about the Limerick City of Culture debacle. This part in particular stood out to me. While it’s nearly impossible to completely plan ahead as a professional artist you still have to make them, or who knows where you’ll end up. (via dshalv)