Friday, 26 August 2011
No to Jerwood?
It all seems a bit of a shame; I thought the building actually looked quite striking, but not too overpowering. It fitted in well, and complimented the net huts around it - not like some of the other recently erected buildings on the seafront. And the people who will benefit most from an influx of tourists will surely be the fishermen themselves - the fish they sell to the gallery-goers will still be fresh by the time it gets back to Chelsea.
Whatever those who are against it might say, it seems fairly obvious that the gallery can only be a good thing for local people, and the local economy. I think this whole episode sums up the general fear of modern art and culture which is still prevalent in this country, and in the year that we're supposed to be having a Cultural Olympiad, it doesn't really show us in a very good light.