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An interesting artspace in Ireland.

And from France comes the Hennessy prize
“Tuesday, 17 November 2015, one artist will be announced as the winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015 and will receive a prize of €15,000. The winning artist will also be awarded a commission worth €5,000 to produce a portrait for inclusion in the National Portrait Collection. ”

Well sure France is still Artsy. Check it out!

Meanwhile … Back in New Brunswick, Canada

“Across a variety of metrics, the profile of the New Brunswick arts and cultural workforce at present is not as strong as elsewhere
in the country. From an employment as
well as an economic output perspective, New Brunswick’s arts and cultural sector is stagnating while it has been expanding in the rest of Canada. The province’s artists and cultural workers are highly educated; however, their careers are characterized
by part-time employment and lower than average wages. The workforce is also aging faster than the rest of the country as many younger artists move out to develop their careers elsewhere.”

Hmmmm … Ok not to get too excited or anything … But … Been thinking about why … For years now … Well decades actually one power after another has tried to starve out the arts of New Brunswick … Especially those in Chaleur Bay …
Has to do with … Well maybe … Hypothesis? How do you say that in French? … As I was saying … There is this thing … Well not a thing really but something called bio-power … Then that really big other thing in France called cultural freedom …

Maybe gov is afraid artists in Chaleur Bay NB will create our own “La Demeure du Chaos” here … HMMMM I’m thinking we already have a good beginning with all those car dealerships along St Peter. Well of course you don’t understand, George. That is what makes local culture so unique … So interesting

Maybe … I have an idea George. Seeing that New Brunswick artists are in such dire need … Look around you all this beautiful coastline and what did gov do? Built ugly big monstrous heavy industry is what they did … Figured if they got rid of artists and doled out welfare to the compliant then nobody would be left around to complain.

Separation? Is someone talking separation? Not that I’ve heard. Then again I mostly only understand English.

Well you know George with the education and job opportunities around these parts … Mais je fait UN effort

Well WHOOOOO do you suppose gov is afraid … Well if Chaleur Bay … were to separate then we would qualify as a developing country and maybe culture-rich places like Paris France and Dublin Ireland and … Well there must be many places in the world with a few artists to spare … Maybe they would send us culture aid for artists and we’d be happy to have them here.
Oh they would love Chaleur Bay, especially during spring and summer.
Well as a matter of fact I do have an art space I’d be willing to share.

Yech yeck,

Look … Just look … Who writes this shite … And do they get paid?

“Canada’s Adjusted Growth Strategy and Investment Strategy … strengthening the Canadian economy … key commitments … invest in the economy … create jobs … strengthen the middle class … more competitive, creating jobs … enhancing skills training … strong economy … high-quality, historic investments … transit, green … social infrastructure … transformative infrastructure investments … targeted investments … improved support for youth and Indigenous peoples … new innovation approach … investments in families … overarching objective of strong, sustainable, and balanced growth. ”

Ever heard of Billy Joel?
There is one song I think of when I see shite like this …
Honesty … That is what the world needs more of … Honesty

Ahh there was such a wave of hope last week.

Getting back to the shite above … Is this what is called
“neo-liberal rhetoric”
Yes George I think it does have a bit of ring …
What does it mean? Well I”m not too sure … Except I do know that unless you use certain buzz-words …
Well you know
What they say
‘onesty don’t pay
At least not today
Getting back to the meaning of that expression
What! George … Pay attention will you!
You know … What we were discussing … neo-liberal rhetoric
A good book … Well I have no idea whether or not it is any good.
Well, because that’s not the sort of stuff I read … Never mind what I do read … The maybe good … Maybe not-so-good is
Well look for yourself here
Quote? You want a quote?
“important dynamics surrounding globalisation in education—the increasingly powerful discourses and polices of neoliberalism concerning privatisation, marketisation, performativity, and the ‘enterprising individual’. … truly international effects of neo‐liberal policies—and the differential realities they tend to produce in real schools”
How’s that for an impressive quote, George?
What’s it mean? You got me there …
Foucault archive in Paris? Nope, never heard of it … Why?
Name-dropping again are you George? Tsk tsk … No I don’t think it’s cool.

But yes I agree that Foucault had a way with wordsYou might not find such an expression there.
Neo-liberal rhetoric? No George I don’t know how to say that in French … Who to ask? Well try some motsmith group … Well maybe festivaldautomne … Well then go to Paris … Find out for yourself.

No I’m not sure how they say shite in Paris … Well around here the Acadians … they say Merde I do believe.


Comité bilatéral de la Baie-des-Chaleurs,

Ahhh must I go all the way to North Carolina to find a group of artists who …
Who …
Who …
Qui … That’s it

Check it out at

Something like this might have happened here.
Yes our weather is somewhat not similar.
But we could have worked around that.
We might have had a great art community.
At one time we had the artists.
At one time …
Et aussi en FRANCAIS … Yes mon FRANCAIS … it is not perfect … I know that … Mais je fait en effort … Besides I probably do just as well as those translator-bots… Mais oui anyways … Je t’aime … Mais toi toi … Tous le monee … Je besoin pax. Et toi?

So where did the money go?

And what about health?
What do they say?
All our French speaking buddies
Across the Bay
Baie des Chaleur that is
Our heart
Is here
Our heart is there
Our heart is what
We have to share
With our best friends
Across the Bay

Buzz me Scotty

The new buzzis Social Enterprise.
Money to same old I’d guess

Well you see George the way it is is the way it always was and the way it will always be
Him who got, gets more.

No no no … social entrepreneurs need not apply unless said social entrpreneurs are approved by Chambers of Commerce.
Government likes Chambers of Commerce.
I have a feeling Government does not support social enterprise unless it is connected to “same olds” like Chambers of Commerce … Proof is in the pudding.
Besides … Why not ask ACOA … Ask what they are doing to encourage social enterprise.

Art? Support of Art and Artists and musicians. Heeee heeee heee you are just too funny, George.