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Proposed cuts to arts and culture could threaten future business investment in Derby

Friday, October 28th, 2011

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I speak for us all at Katapult when I say that we were shocked and hugely disappointed to read that Derby City Council are proposing to make drastic cuts to arts and culture in our city. The plans show the intention to completely withdraw funding to two of the city’s key venues, QUAD and Deda over the next four years. Alongside other cuts to cultural and community organisations, this sends out a very concerning message about our city, its ambitions and its future.

The ‘Revenue Budget Proposal’ acknowledges that these venues will now need to source alternative funding and/or become self financing. These organisations were never supposed to be solely commercial venues and would never have received Arts Council Funding if that were the case.

The 2009-2011 Cultural Strategy for Derby ‘Action Plan’ outlined its vision in ‘ensuring that the importance of culture in the economy of the city is better understood’, which is now just one of many points which seems contradictory.

Culturally incredible progress has been achieved in Derby in recent years. Format has been internationally recognised as a leading photography festival and Derby Feste, founded by Keith Jeffrey (QUAD) and Stephen Munn (Deda) attracted over 25,000 people to the streets of Derby last month. This demonstrates the potential for cultural activities and their associated opportunities.

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As well as the social impact, businesses in the supply chain to these venues will be directly affected. QUAD spent £377k with local suppliers in 2010/11, ironically this is more than Derby City Council invested in the venue. Between them, QUAD and Deda have generated millions of pounds worth of international profile for the city, helping to attract new investment. Drastic cuts not only devalue these organisations and their impact, but demonstrate a lack of understanding over the social and economic benefits that culture plays in the development of the city.

It’s certainly important to Katapult, which is why we have invested in and supported cultural activities in the city. A strong cultural offer is key to attracting and retaining creative professionals which is important to our business.

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A city to invest in?

The cuts raise a wider discussion on the future of Derby’s city centre. We know that Derby is home to some strong and established businesses that provide the economic backbone of the city and we hear great things about the city’s industrial strength. However, every top-drawer city has more to offer than industrial heritage.

By further developing the cultural offering – more independent bars, shops and restaurants for example – we could increase footfall, encourage localised spending and help attract new business to the city. It is only through long term commitment and investment that success will be achieved.

The Council states that it expects to make a loss in rental income from Derby’s indoor markets of £210,000 in 2012/2013 and a review of markets will take place to understand the pressures faced. This provides a perfect opportunity for the Council to work proactively with independent and creative retailers on finding a potential solution to these pressures.  The aim should be to produce a more attractive retail offer in line with the type of markets found in nearby cities such as Leeds and Birmingham.

Reports such as the Centre for Cities ‘Shifting the Gears’ claim that Derby must reach out beyond its borders and its traditional industrial base to grow. Shouldn’t now be the time that the city looks to further invest in the creative and cultural industries: the third fastest growing sector in the UK?

The short-sightedness of the council makes businesses like ours concerned about the future of our city.  Culture is a vital aspect of an aspirational city, not just a nice-to-have.

Here’s how you can make your voice heard and support the ‘Save Derby Arts and Culture’ campaign:

1)      Get informed about Derby City Council’s specific plans by looking at the budget proposal
2)      Fill in the feedback form. The section relating to arts and culture cuts is under the ‘Neighbourhoods’ section. You have until Friday 18 November to do this.
3)      Send your stories in a polite email to Derby City Council leader Philip Hickson and deputy leader Hilary Jones.
4)      Share your stories on the Facebook page Save Derby Arts and follow the campaign on Twitter @SaveDerbyArts
5)      Write to the Derby Telegraph with your stories and ask the editor Steve Hall and entertainment editor Nigel Powlson to run a campaign.
6)      Support the organisations affected by the proposed cuts by going to their events and exhibitions, eating and drinking in their cafes and bars and taking part in their participatory projects.

Author: Dawn Foote, Managing Director

Katapult into the New Year

Friday, January 7th, 2011

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Happy 2011 to all our clients, suppliers and friends – hope this year is a prosperous one for you all.

Katapult have started the year as we mean to continue it, with the first week including an exciting new pitch, work on the fast approaching Format Festival launching in March, and the next stages of the launch of a new drinks brand – the photo above shows Phil from our video and motion graphic division K-Motion filming in late December for the viral ads.

We’re working on some other great projects at the moment too, including giving our own Katapult website a facelift with some new functionality, info and features.

The year ahead promises to be an interesting one with all things digital growing even more in prominence. We expect to see more interest in digital brand development as client organisations increase their presence and activity in digital channels and need a clear strategy across website, search, social, mobile, apps et al. The challenge is to get all of these working together in complementary fashion to build brand equity at the same time as meeting specific objectives. For example, are HR and Sales presenting the brand consistently to potential employees and prospective customers respectively?

This perhaps presents a window of opportunity for start-ups to build multi-dimensional brands from the ground up and use this agility to steal a march on established, and perhaps less responsive competitors in the digital arena.

We also expect to see the ‘C’ word take centre stage as clients realise the increasing importance of content at the heart of their digital strategy. More will embrace the publisher role of their brand as a key tactic for attracting new customers and creating advocates.

Another ‘C’ that is sure to boost its profile is cloud computing with 2011 providing a better barometer for its impact on capital expenditure and management costs. We’ll see whether the cloud delivers the freedom it promises and whether organisations will make the leap of faith and entrust suppliers with their infrastructure in return for lower costs and greater agility. For marketing folk this could mean less administration, improved access to more up-to-date data and more flexible campaign planning, execution and adjustment. Interesting times ahead…

Anyway, enough of the stargazing for now, we’ll share more of our thinking throughout the year. In the meantime, we’re cracking on with various current brand, marketing, design and digital projects including an online game and viral videos.

Here’s to a healthy and successful 2011.

Two days left to submit your photography for FORMAT11 EXPOSURE exhibition!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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FORMAT11 Open Submissions, receiving applications NOW - only until Thursday 10th June, so hurry and get your submissions in fast.

The FORMAT OPEN SUBMISSIONS website gives photographer’s all over the world a chance to submit new or exisiting work, of which a number will then be selected by judges to appear in the FORMAT11 EXPOSURE exhibition taking place in Derby next year.

The website functionality enables photographers to submit their work and pay for their submissions online. The administration of the site enables the FORMAT judges to view submitted entries and shortlist them independently online. The final shortlist will then be judged by a panel of industry experts.

‘Right Here, Right Now’ Exposures from the public realm
Artists working with or about photography and related media are invited to submit proposals for exhibitions or events, including new or existing works for exhibition or presentation as part of the EXPOSURE section of the festival. These opportunities are open to any artist/photographer based in the UK or Internationally.

The EXPOSURE exhibitions for FORMAT11 will be held in 30 venues throughout Derby city centre. Selected artists will be included in the FORMAT11 brochure, website, catalogue and be profiled as part of the festival.

All applications must relate to the festival theme: ‘Right Here, Right Now’ Exposures from the public realm. The theme is deliberately broad allowing practitioners to respond in a number of ways from purely conceptual works through to social documentary and street photography.

Further information on the festival theme is contained within the Application Guidelines.

FORMAT11: EXPOSURE – Submit an application

All applications must be received by 12 midnight (UK GMT) 10th June 2010. Applications received after this time cannot be considered. Only successful applicants will be contacted by the end of June 2010.

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It was Derby’s reputation for Photography that played a significant role as to how and why Katapult was formed and is located in the city today; two of Katapult’s founding director’s Dawn and Anthony came  here to study at the University of Derby back in 1998 due its reputation for Photography degrees.

Katapult have been working with FORMAT International Photography Festival since 2007. Last year, for FORMAT09 – Photocinema, Katapult worked closely with the FORMAT team to develop the  marketing campaign, festival materials and website. We also did significant development work on MOB FORMAT which integrated flickr with a flash gallery within the site which increased  international engagement and participation in the festival.