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Artists poised for council meeting

The iconic figure being used to symbolise the artists' plight in the Just Hanging On campaign appeared below the City Walls at Fahan Street this week.

The iconic figure being used to symbolise the artists' plight in the Just Hanging On campaign appeared below the City Walls at Fahan Street this week.

A group of artists who have been forced to hand back the keys to their studios are to meet with a Derry City Council official later this week.

The 12 artists, all of whom are based at the same Pump Street building, are hoping the council will help provide financial aid towards its running costs, after the charity which managed the facility shut down.

The management body, Studio 6ix- to whom each of the artists paid rent- has now ceased operating and the artists have said they have no subsidy to help pay the £12,000-a-year costs associated with the running of the building.

The artists have now been out of their studios for the past 12 days but are hopeful that the matter will soon be resolved.

A meeting has now been scheduled with a senior officer from the local council and efforts are also being made to set up a meeting with the Arts Council.

Derry City Council and the Arts Council for Northern Ireland told the ‘Journal’ last week that they were willing to work with the artists to try and agree a way forward.

The artists have launched a ‘Just Hanging On’ guerilla art campaign across Derry over recent days to highlight their plight.

In a recent statement one of them, Carl Taylor, said:

“We know Studio 6ix, which we rented the rooms from, have had problems, but really this has nothing to do with us. “We just want someone to sort this out, and help us to stay.

“We are only asking for the same support that artists elsewhere get.”

To find out more go to: www.JustHangingOn.net.

 

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