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July 17, 2009

But Is It Art?

Right then, after a couple of delays, the Beeb are definitely sending a researcher/director combo round to our flat this evening to have a chat about our use of the Arts Council's Own Art scheme.

We do collect a bit of art here and there. We're not exactly Satchi & Satchi, but we have a few pieces, two of which were financed through the AC's scheme. The one that the Beeb are interested in, primarily, is by Kuldeep Malhi. We were initially drawn to his 'Poldactyl' series, but ended up getting selected ceramics from 'Blush'. If you want to check out his stuff, he's exhibiting at the Steps Gallery in Pimlico right now.

So, what's this got to do with The Project? Well, one of the items purchased through the scheme was Red, my Les Paul. Interest free credit! As such, he's currently on display in our flat, rather than being hidden away in his protective case. I have to say, though, that I feel like a bad father. The stand he's on has neoprene buffers which could, over time, damage the nitrocellulose laquer. Whilst I doubt a period of a few hours would make any impact, I'll admit I'm not comfortable with it.

Please god, don't let them ask me to play him! Apart from setting him on the stand I've not touched him in a month. As I did pull him out, I noticed he's badly out of tune, too. Must fix that!

6 comments:

Furtheron said...

How did you get the LP through it? I thought it was only from galleries?

Funny I was reading about the scheme only last night in the window of a gallery in Rochester.

There's no point me going this way - I have little or no knowledge of art... other than paperweights which I used to collect.

Kenski said...

Although it's called Own Art, the Arts Council actually extended it to musicians. You basically have to go to a shop that's registered with them. In my case it was Andertons in Guildford. The Denmark Street area shops also use it. As far as I recall, it only works up to a value of £2k and it's 10 month's interest free. At the time I used that excuse to justify an affordable £140 a month payment rather than a £1400 dosh-on-the-table deal.

Col said...

Ahh Andertons. Marvellous shop. Bought my Epi valve amps from them. Great customer service too.

You will be asked to play it mate so I suggest you get practicing.

Pesto Sauce said...

Kuldeep Malhi....name sounds familiar

Col said...

Lame old Ken. Lol. Sounds about right! ;)

Ulrich said...

Whistles...