Grunts for the Arts

Our Mission Statement and History

Who we are and what we believe

The hulking yet dainty entity known as Grunts for the Arts, made up of a multitude of interdisciplinary artists, has come together, operating with a collective hive intellect, in direct response to the manner in which grassroots activity is too often overshadowed by large-scale commercial projects and enterprise.

Always ready, whenever the call may come, their every action is guided by a passionate and heartfelt certitude in the value of holding up artistic and political phenomena to the inquisitiveness of the artistic mind, creating artworks and hybrid events both novel and accessible, inspirational and jollifying.

A dream lingers, wisplike, as the backdrop to all they do; a dream of a world populated by hybrid forms of art, where individuals and groups are thrust onto an unfamiliar common ground in which heightened experiences of artistry thrive.

A Brief History of Grunting

As you are probably/hopefully but may not be aware, in April 2007 we slip-slided out the womb of artistic creation and became a sleek vehicle for artists to (hyper) ventilate their concerns regarding the decimation of the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts scheme.

Our philosophy then was that if money was going to be diverted from the arts to fund the London Olympics in 2012 then it was our responsibility – nay, our God-given imperative – to retrain artists as sports people.

Which we did, in truly magnificent fashion.

And all was good. In the 2007’s Comprehensive Spending Review (October 2007), it was even decided to give the Department of Culture, Media and Sport an inflation level increase in their funding allocation.

But such happy states rarely last. And such was the case here.

Soon our attention was drawn to the rapidly degenerating Olympic Dream which, whilst in part revived by the success of the horrendously named Team GB in Beijing, was first resuscitated – we like to believe – by our London 2008 intervention.

(And then, after exploring the noble art of cheating in The Great Track and Field Swindle, we had a little rest…)

But even when at leisure, the circle of life continues to spin, and the moral pendulum continues to swing.

For every wrong we’ve righted, another right has become a wrong, and so – in effect because we’ve been so darn good in the past – we’ve been landed with the Big Society, the Con Dem coalition, the destruction of our public services, the decimation of our education system, and the slightly unfair joys of bankers and the tax exiled.

Perhaps you’re concerned about what the future may hold, we know we were. But we planned and we plotted, we schemed and we scammed – and back we came  with a brand new vision. We found 20 billion down the back of the sofa, and  reallocated it in The Real Trident Replacement Challenge!

And so, nearly up to the present moment, it is perhaps best to move on from this oh so brief potted history, and move on to contemporary matters. 2012 is bearing down upon the nation, and may all who know our work rest safe in their beds, their parks and their  velodromes for somewhere nearby, Grunts for the Arts is looking out for you…


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