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Simon Mellor, our Executive Director for Arts and Culture, blogs about what really goes on in our Grants for the Arts decision meetings

Funded by Grants for the Arts: Edible Art Show, The Gallery at Munro House, 2013

Photo: Matthew Andrews

Simon Mellor on 3 Dec 2015

When I arrived at the Arts Council a little over two years ago, I discovered (with some alarm!) that I was going to be the Executive Board member with responsibility for Goal 1, for ensuring that ‘excellence is thriving and celebrated in arts, museums and libraries’. Who was going to determine what was ‘excellent’ – our arts and cultural leaders? The professional critics? …Me? Would it ever be possible to agree within the Arts Council – let alone amongst arts and cultural organisations – what are the key determinants of ‘quality’? 

Simon Mellor on 21 Jul 2014