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  • in reply to: TLF – the future. #10692

    TLF
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    Thank you for the clarification. As you mentioned that you didn't have any money at the time I wonder was the post subsidised otherwise how was the foundation planning to actually pay the salary offered? Anyway, no point dwelling in the past - onward and upward! Thanks again.

    Just to clarify further: the post was intended to start to coincide with what we believed would be the winding-up. 25 The Parade was being made ready for us and the RWA show was on the cards. We wanted to get up and running quickly and have someone in post from day one (day one being the day we had some money to pay them). Things don't always work out the way you would like - especially in a complex legal minefield. So you have to adjust accordingly. The estate is still unresolved but we have exerted pressure to achieve a partial distribution of assets so we can at least do something.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10690

    TLF
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    Krauser the post was advertised to coincide with what we thought would be the winding up of the estate last year. The delay I mentioned occurred because of an unforeseen complication with HMRC (totally outside of TLF's control). We therefore put back the second interview process for the short-listed candidates. We couldn't have wasted money because until the end of last month, we didn't have any! All candidates were kept up to date with events and were happy with that. In terms of them being 'sat on their hands' I can assure you that the trustees would prefer that the many, many hours they put in voluntarily were done by a paid employee. Sadly we haven't been able to afford that but that hasn't stopped us with exhibitions etc.In terms of 'revised' plans, I can assure you that all plans are subject to revision - and quite rightly as circumstances change re the estate. Tax and legal issues could mean a substantially different financial outcome even now.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10688

    TLF
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    By now, I should imagine, all the candidates interviewed have moved on to pastures new.

    Billy, I thought I'd covered that one quite clearly:

    TLF advertised late last year for a gallery manager/exhibitions officer, short-listing four candidates but because of the delay in being able to appoint, the personal circumstances of our chosen candidate altered at the last moment and no appointment has yet been made. We intend to re-advertise in the near future.

    The job was advertised in July 2009, well over a year ago and

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10682

    TLF
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    Re dotorg. I'm surprised to see Francis saying that TLF was instrumental in setting it up with Dave Goodwin as I was on the Board at the time and, even though I was enthusiastic about dotorg, I'm pretty sure we had no hand in setting it up.

    I'm referring to the image gallery and the Book Project, Annie. As I said before in another thread, this was based on White Lane Press' image archive and information. The website itself was purely down to Dave Goodwin.Over and out...

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10675

    TLF
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    DM raises some interesting factual questions which I'm happy to answer before member 555 closes the thread.1. As I said, this is TLF's website for information on the charity and its activities. The copyright of images belongs to the charity and can only be used by others with permission. The images on the site are mainly works which belong to TLF, so not many. There will be another website of Robert's work but this is a complex and expensive task. For the time being we're happy for this website to fill the gap, especially as we were instrumental in setting it up with Dave Goodwin.2. No, it's not for want of trying. They aren't interested in Robert as it stands. It's TLF's big job to change that over time.3.

    promote Robert elsewhere

    Again it's not for want of trying (hence the RWA) but museums/galleries either don't know Robert or are very sceptical. We (and the BU) tried to take the Ben Uri show abroad but there were no takers. I even took informational material personally to one Eurpoean venue - no response.4. Again we have tried but they're not interested/too busy.5.

    promote promote promote

    Yes but it takes money. And staff (who want paying). At the moment we are all voluntary trustees. Thanks to member 555 for giving the platform to the discussion. See you all in Bristol.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10657

    TLF
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    Quite honestly I have gone from being hopeful for the future of the foundation to being frankly nonplussed by this new agenda. I sincerely hope to be proved wrong.

    I think that probably tells you everything about the different approach from the present board. I would also say that progress over the last two years - exhibitions at the Ben Uri, Plymouth Museum, the RWA to come, plus associated events, and a first TLF website etc- has already proved you wrong!Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the debate ad those who have followed it. The issues raised will be discussed by the trustees in the course of forming an ongoing strategy. I hope we see everyone at the RWA next year!

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10655

    TLF
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    OK Annie, let's just take a closer look at the existing Objects:(1) To advance the education of the public in aesthetic appreciation and the study of human behaviour:I, for one, don't really understand what this means. How do you advance education in aesthetic appreciation and how do you assess if you've achieved it? How does this sentence work? Is it also 'to advance the education of the public...in the study of human behaviour'? What does that mean?• By the maintenance and provision of a library containing the collection of books, writings, paintings and other artefacts of Robert Lenkiewicz: In what sense are the paintings and artefacts part of the library?• By the education, encouragement, funding, teaching and training of artists and scholars who wish to undertake research into human behaviour or to improve their artistic or philosophical standards or tastes: • By making available reading rooms, studios and other facilities for the use and benefit of such persons: Who are these artists and scholars? What are the selection criteria? What is research into human behaviour and how do you know if they are improving their artistic or, even more so, their philosophical tastes? Even if it were clarified, could this type of provision ever have been afforded? Who was going to supervise and run it?• By acquiring and preserving for the benefit of the public books, paintings, and artefacts of antiquity, rarity of significant value relevant to the study of human behaviour. Again what would be the criteria? And where was the money coning from?(2) To provide relief to the poor, the infirm and the aged and in particular by the provision of a Christmas Day meal in the City of Plymouth.I think this has been well covered but even if the Xmas dinner was provided, how would you have gone about providing relief to the poor, the infirm and the aged?Even if these Objects were once viable, are they now? And what role was Robert's work going to play in it all? I'd be interested to hear the thought process behind it all.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10651

    TLF
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    Looks like the museum might now be headed in another direction, up country!

    The bottom line here is that if the old studio or other suitable premises aren't available in Plymouth, then we will have to consider alternatives. Reaching new audiences indeed...Ironically this story runs side by side with this one:http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/City-s-bid-target-tourists/article-2529747-detail/article.htmlPlease get in now if you wish to comment further, this thread will end tonight or tomorrow.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10649

    TLF
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    But seriously, I suggested 'death' as it tends to broadly encompass most of the work ROL did, so in that respect it would be quite versatile.

    Exactly, gbl!

    Perhaps when you think that 'Momento Mori' sounds like something you'd hear in a 1970's US sitcom when someone walks out the room, a guy says to a fat guy walking out following a witty exchange; "remember your mortality!" (canned laughter as he says it).

    Alternatively, as wikipedia says, 'the phrase has a tradition in art that dates back to antiquity'.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10645

    TLF
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    Yes, you've got the snappy title sorted out! But when it comes to having a good solid plan it seems you don't quite yet:

    Perhaps this, gbl, which has been emailed to all Friends will explain the situation in a bit more depth:

    TLF wants to hear your views:As we announced in the August newsletter, TLF is currently answering questions about the future direction of The Foundation on the discussion forum http://www.lenkiewicz.org in the thread called TLF – The Future. Judging by the number of views of the debate thread, now approaching the 1000-mark, a great many people are interested in the issues. However, it’s also apparent that just a handful of ‘regulars’ are participating in the discussion — it appears, for instance, that not a single ‘new user’ has registered to join in the debate.We realize that internet discussion forums aren’t to everyone’s taste so to give a wider audience a chance to express their opinions about the future of TLF we are inviting our Friends and newsletter subscribers (or indeed anyone) to e-mail The Foundation to express their views on the direction that the charity should take going forward. For obvious reasons, we will not be able to respond individually to each e-mail received but your views will be circulated amongst the board of trustees and taken into account.The e-mail address is info@lenkiewiczfoundation.org. Just drop us a line telling us what your priorities are with regard to the charity’s activities.Aims & ObjectivesWhy is The Foundation canvassing the views of its members and the public now? Given that the assets within the Estate were transferred to TLF on 30 June, this seemed like an ideal moment to reflect upon the mission statement of the charity. Although TLF must still await the final outcome of the Estate (and the Inland Revenue) to know how much money it will have – which will, of course, affect the scope of its activities – the size of the permanent collection is now known.The Foundation has also been recruiting new trustees to expand its range of experience and experience.All charities are required by law to periodically review the Aims & Objectives for which charitable status was awarded. They may, if they deem it necessary, seek to vary the Objectives (with permission of the Charity Commission) to better suit the charity’s present circumstances. The current Objectives (in summary) are these:(1) To advance the education of the public in aesthetic appreciation and the study of human behaviour:• By the maintenance and provision of a library containing the collection of books, writings, paintings and other artefacts of Robert Lenkiewicz: • By the education, encouragement, funding, teaching and training of artists and scholars who wish to undertake research into human behaviour or to improve their artistic or philosophical standards or tastes: • By making available reading rooms, studios and other facilities for the use and benefit of such persons: • By acquiring and preserving for the benefit of the public books, paintings, and artefacts of antiquity, rarity of significant value relevant to the study of human behaviour. (2) To provide relief to the poor, the infirm and the aged and in particular by the provision of a Christmas Day meal in the City of Plymouth.The questions which the charity must ask itself are:a) Are the current objectives achievable?b) What changes, if any, need to be made to reflect present circumstances?c) Do the present Objectives restrict the charity unduly in any new roles it wishes to pursue?The present Objectives were written in 1997, some five years prior to the artist’s death. At the time, the Charity Commission was aware that the artist was in possession of one of the finest private collections of antiquarian books on the themes of Witchcraft and the Occult – a collection deemed to be of “national importance”. The Foundation also expected to inherit upward of 700 original works of art, not including innumerable drawings. The focus of the charity’s and the Commissions’ thinking was, for obvious reasons, how to house and provide access to this vast collection. The legacy which passed to TLF on 30 June is very different. A small number of oils and a few dozen works on paper. This means that most exhibitions organized by TLF will depend upon collectors being willing to loan their paintings. And during the administration of the Estate the antiquarian library was sold by the executor to pay debts, though the modern books are almost intact. But there is also an omission from the Objectives which is so glaring it may be hard for the uninitiated to spot. Nowhere is there any provision for promoting the wider appreciation of the artists’ work! The reason for this is simple: the Charity Commission was obliged to ensure that a living artist could in no way benefit from the existence of a charity bearing his name. If for no other reason, this is clearly a time for re-appraisal.

    It's fairly obvious why it wasn't possible to make a full reassessemnt of these issues before there was some certainty over the final settlement of the estate.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10642

    TLF
    Participant

    I take it you're still going to have to be always involved in marketing in one way or another, which is additional to your other obligations, such as maintaining charitable status.

    I suppose, speaking personally, it's a reflection of the times that for many people 'marketing' means as much to them as the essence of what you do. As I said before, this discussion was intended to debate the WHAT and the WHY, the HOW and WHO FOR come after.

    Presuming you need to come up with an idea on how to present Robert's work with the things you inherit, this will involve, for want of a better term, coming up with a 'product'. A product that will both fulfill its role for the charitable status, and also be something tangible that the public will understand (or at least, be interested enough to visit). In a nutshell, I'd say that the 'TLF team' is going to have to do some 'brainstorming' in order to come up with a 'product', which, if you like 'sells' (or appeals at least), and at the same time, fulfills its educational role.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10640

    TLF
    Participant

    I have no problem in keeping the thread open for a day or two if there are still relevant and intelligent questions being asked. Firstly, in reply to Chris, I can assure him that the current board of eleven trustees is absolutely united and has delegated me to speak on its behalf in this debate.So, let me first of all return to Krauser’s point as, unlike Marlowe, I think it’s significant and representative. It’s crucial to the questions raised by Krauser, Billy and Chris to remember that TLF is an educational charity. Hanging paintings on the wall isn’t in itself educational, neither is ‘marketing’ an artist and his work, nor exhibiting an embalmed corpse. TLF’s charitable status depends upon what it can deliver in educational terms. Now, I am quite prepared to accept that not everyone is going to be interested in ‘sociological and philosophical enquiry’ or even in Robert’s ‘visual means’ (i.e. academic painting) but TLF is not intending to ‘dumb down’ Robert’s interest in the human condition to attract an audience for the sake of it. In other words, it’s the content which will drive the presentation. That brings us to our perennial favourite, Diogenes. Robert saw him as the ultimate ‘memento mori’ and, within a proper and serious context, TLF has no problem with his display.Having said that about marketing, an obvious reason for a large exhibition in Bristol is that TLF firmly believes that given wider exposure, Robert’s work and ideas can communicate with people of all types: from art lovers to those who have little interest in art per se but recognise in Robert’s paintings their power to cause them to reflect at different levels upon their own experiences and existence. Apart from the RWA’s in-house marketing team, TLF hopes to utilise the knowledge of marketing professionals with whom we have already spoken. Two new trustees also have valuable expertise in this area and this is one reason we are trying to develop the breadth of skills on the board. Regarding TLF’s plans for a venue in Plymouth, I have to say that until we have finalised the premises it’s difficult to say what will be done. The plan at 25 The Parade was for two floors of gallery space with a library and archive on the top floor. This brings us to your question Billy over the books and Marlowe’s over the archive.As you know, the most comprehensive collections of books are on philosophy and art/art history. There are also smaller interesting collections on other subjects: death, fascism, religion, the occult, psychology, music, literature etc. Since the cost of space is going to be an issue, we feel that the library needs to be relevant to Robert’s themes and TLF’s educational purpose. We have discussed running courses on philosophy for instance but we need to be careful of straying too far from TLF’s remit and engaging in activities which others already cover better (and are funded to do). Again, on acquisitions, it’s a case of using finances and resources most effectively.The archive comprises of project notebooks, ‘relationship’ notebooks, exhibition records, diaries and journals, correspondence, photographs, press cuttings. Only a superficial assessment has been made at this stage, as it has been packed and placed in secure storage. We envisage the project notebooks being made available most likely as an online resource.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10630

    TLF
    Participant

    Let me take your points in turn, Krauser.1.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10626

    TLF
    Participant

    Why not build on Robert's abilities to captivate an audience and for self-publicity?...In my opinion from what I know and have read here TLF as they stand will never have the drive to take the maverick approach to marketing Robert Lenkiewicz in order to create the spectacle necessary to engage a new and contemporary audience.

    These phrases sound like meaningless fashionable cliches to me. They are also very much about 'how' rather than 'what', which is the point of this debate. Robert never conceived of TLF as being about charades but continuing his interest in the human condition - or as I quoted before, 'sociological and philosophical enquiry by visual means'. And that is precisely what TLF intends to achieve.

    in reply to: TLF – the future. #10625

    TLF
    Participant

    Once the Mission Statement is agreed, the objectives can follow from it.

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