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Old July 5th, 2006, 04:48 AM   #181
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Bill Kenright ..... not a bad idea at all

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Robyn Archer quitting is the wrong side of disastrous for CoC, she did take up the office at one point but made no impact that I can recall?? I hope they don't pay her a penny more than she is due and the money she has been paid feels like Liverpool has been mugged by this woman. No doubt the story will unfold in the coming days, who can take over this job now she's gone how about Bill Kenright???
Bill Kenright ..... not a bad idea at all

I`m glad Robyn Archer is gone to be honest - the `Walabby Wannabe`......

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Liverpool's city of culture plans in tatters as boss quits

By Ian Herbert

Published: 05 July 2006

When Liverpool beat Newcastle for the coveted title of 2008 European Capital of Culture, the city anticipated 14,000 new jobs, 1.7 million extra visitors and £1bn in investment. Instead it increasingly seems that Merseyside may have a fiasco on its hands.

The problems that have beset the city's preparation for its year in the limelight deepened yesterday when the Australian who was hired on a six-figure salary as artistic director abruptly left her post.

Robyn Archer, the singer, actress and writer who had previously directed festivals in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, cited personal reasons for her departure. But her contribution had come under increased scrutiny as Liverpool struggled to line up events and venues befitting the capital of culture year. A decision over her future was reached after a board meeting last week of the Liverpool Culture Company, which is co-ordinating the 2008 festivities.

Ms Archer's struggle to steer Liverpool towards its year in the spotlight was not helped by her decision to remain in Australia until April. Since then, she has been in and out of the country, an elusive figure to many.

There was also widespread resistance to the kind of artistic programme she was developing. Ms Archer is strong on performing arts, rather than conceptual art. But above all, according to her critics, she was simply too indecisive. "She won't release money and when she does she wants to decide exactly what institutions should do," one city source said.

Liverpool was awarded the title because of the "greater sense that the whole city is involved in the bid and behind it," according to Sir Jeremy Isaacs, chairman of the judges. The headline plan was for a futuristic Cloud building, designed by Will Alsop to be built on the banks of the Mersey. But that plan was dropped and matters got worse when a public row erupted between David Henshaw, the council chief executive, and Mike Storey, council leader, resulting in both men leaving their posts.

Mr Henshaw's successor, Jason Harborow, was only appointed in March. Amid the spats there have been few signs of progress besides a planned return from Berlin for Sir Simon Rattle, a former timpanist with the Merseyside Youth Orchestra, to conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2008; Liverpool securing the World Firefighter Games in 2008 and being named the host city for 2008 Holocaust Memorial Day.

The chief executive of the North West Development Agency, Steven Broomhead, warned that Capital of Culture was on his "risk radar". The city wants to hear of more grandiose plans: a blockbuster show from the theatre impresario Bill Kenwright, perhaps, a contribution by Sir Paul McCartney or a permanent exhibition of the city's John James Audubon art collection.

When Liverpool beat Newcastle for the coveted title of 2008 European Capital of Culture, the city anticipated 14,000 new jobs, 1.7 million extra visitors and £1bn in investment. Instead it increasingly seems that Merseyside may have a fiasco on its hands.

The problems that have beset the city's preparation for its year in the limelight deepened yesterday when the Australian who was hired on a six-figure salary as artistic director abruptly left her post.

Robyn Archer, the singer, actress and writer who had previously directed festivals in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, cited personal reasons for her departure. But her contribution had come under increased scrutiny as Liverpool struggled to line up events and venues befitting the capital of culture year. A decision over her future was reached after a board meeting last week of the Liverpool Culture Company, which is co-ordinating the 2008 festivities.

Ms Archer's struggle to steer Liverpool towards its year in the spotlight was not helped by her decision to remain in Australia until April. Since then, she has been in and out of the country, an elusive figure to many.

There was also widespread resistance to the kind of artistic programme she was developing. Ms Archer is strong on performing arts, rather than conceptual art. But above all, according to her critics, she was simply too indecisive. "She won't release money and when she does she wants to decide exactly what institutions should do," one city source said.
Liverpool was awarded the title because of the "greater sense that the whole city is involved in the bid and behind it," according to Sir Jeremy Isaacs, chairman of the judges. The headline plan was for a futuristic Cloud building, designed by Will Alsop to be built on the banks of the Mersey. But that plan was dropped and matters got worse when a public row erupted between David Henshaw, the council chief executive, and Mike Storey, council leader, resulting in both men leaving their posts.

Mr Henshaw's successor, Jason Harborow, was only appointed in March. Amid the spats there have been few signs of progress besides a planned return from Berlin for Sir Simon Rattle, a former timpanist with the Merseyside Youth Orchestra, to conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2008; Liverpool securing the World Firefighter Games in 2008 and being named the host city for 2008 Holocaust Memorial Day.

The chief executive of the North West Development Agency, Steven Broomhead, warned that Capital of Culture was on his "risk radar". The city wants to hear of more grandiose plans: a blockbuster show from the theatre impresario Bill Kenwright, perhaps, a contribution by Sir Paul McCartney or a permanent exhibition of the city's John James Audubon art collection.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 11:52 AM   #183
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Locally they're trying to put a positive spin on this fiasco.

Mike Storey "I'm quite relaxed about Robyn's departure. I don't think it's a disaster, quite the opposite" I think you may be on your own there Mike!!

On the other hand

Rex Makin "She was a hill-billy singer in Australia, perhaps she brought a hill-billy outlook with her. I don't think she made much of a difference from beginning to end"

It seems Robyn will get a payoff, was she worth it??
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Old July 5th, 2006, 12:04 PM   #184
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Talking I look forward to Liverpool increasingly confounding the doom and gloom merchants yet

With eigtheen months still to go we could build the `Empire State Building` if we put our mind to it.....plus a bit of muscle.

Either that or we`ll just have to wheel out Ken Dodd and a few jam butties

I look forward to Liverpool increasingly confounding the doom and gloom merchants yet again.

She wasn`t good enough and she had to go.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 12:06 PM   #185
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Rex Makin is bit of a nasty old man. His comment manages to be ignorant, snobbish and xenophobic at the same time - even if Ms Archer was a useless waste of money.

The anti-Archer spin machine has certainly gone into operation this morning. Maybe the criticisms are justified, but remember they made the decision to hire her, allow her to work from Melbourne for two years as a "consultant" (new to hear her described that way) and then spend little time in the city when she became permanent.

It seems clear that they've finally that they've ****ed up and decided to sack her (with the customary golden shower to see her off). This, however, less than 18 months before the start of the ECoC year.

Much of the trouble must have been to do with the dead hand of Henshaw only recently being released from the control of the Culture Company. Remember the rehearsal of this debacle, when the company appointed a chief executive, only for them not to turn up and Henshaw decided to step in as CE of the Company as well as the city. Not long after this, Henshaw launches his war against Liverpool in defence of his pension.

Only since Harborrow became CE this spring has the management of the company become clear again.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 12:11 PM   #186
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Locally they're trying to put a positive spin on this fiasco.

Mike Storey "I'm quite relaxed about Robyn's departure. I don't think it's a disaster, quite the opposite" I think you may be on your own there Mike!!

On the other hand

Rex Makin "She was a hill-billy singer in Australia, perhaps she brought a hill-billy outlook with her. I don't think she made much of a difference from beginning to end"

It seems Robyn will get a payoff, was she worth it??
Doug, Jason Harborrow said yesterday she won't be getting anything.I did note the tone of the reporting from BBC North West, words like crisis,disaster and "it's all gone wrong for Liverpool" they seem to revel in it. The facts are,it hasn't all gone wrong.The way i see COC ,is it's more about the journey than the arrival.The title of ECOC has been a massive boost for the city.
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The Beeb will be luvin this!! time and again they shown their willingness to parade the bad news from Liverpool, whilst overlooking some of the positive things, check the threads over the England north contingent arriving at LJLA.


On the evidence that's in the public domain I think it is a good thing that she's gone people who worked with her have described her as combative and secretive.
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Doug, Jason Harborrow said yesterday she won't be getting anything.I did note the tone of the reporting from BBC North West, words like crisis,disaster and "it's all gone wrong for Liverpool" they seem to revel in it. The facts are,it hasn't all gone wrong.The way i see COC ,is it's more about the journey than the arrival.The title of ECOC has been a massive boost for the city.
"The title of ECOC has been a massive boost for the city."

Totally agree and it will also be a massive success despite the doom and gloom merchants and the hanging on back biter gum suckers.

I rather suspect that she thought she could teach an old sea dog new tricks - where ever the wind blows Liverpool might not necessarily follow.

But we know how to `tack` to best advantage.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 02:59 PM   #189
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ArchergateJul 5 2006

EXCLUSIVE by Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo

ROBYN Archer's Capital of Culture plans face a massive overhaul with some acts axed for being too high-brow.

The blueprint programme of performances and events drawn up by the former artistic director for the run-up to 2008 is not expected to survive her resignation yesterday.

The rest here.

None of that high-faluting artistic stuff from Robyn now (now, who is a hillbilly, exactly?).

On its way, Stan Boardman's Festival of European Friendship, "Dem Jearmins bombed ar chippy!", non-stop perfomances from Sonia, the Reynolds Girls and Cllaig from Big Brother, building up to the end of year finale: Carla Lane's Bread, the musical - on ice.

Capital of Cack.
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building up to the end of year finale: Carla Lane's Bread, the musical - on ice.


So what's gone wrong this time?
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Old July 5th, 2006, 03:26 PM   #191
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This charming young lady's blog is worth checking out for current arts new stuff in L'pool (http://www.art2008.co.uk/blog/). She quotes Tony Parrish’s Henshaw-and-his-mates-are-an-evil-cabal-of-satanic-scum-scoffers blog (or whatever)

Known as ‘Robbing’ Archer, she enjoyed a £150,000 a year salary, but did bugger all for CofC. She only arrived permanently in Liverpool from Down Under three months ago and had already achieved a reputation for her vanishing acts - to scout ‘new talent’.
Not surprisingly she was a Henshaw appointment - he forced through her selection two years ago, despite opposition from Mike Storey (so no change there then).


Parrish's blog has disappeared today (has the the cabal got to him?).

Still, another reason to blame Henshaw.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 03:31 PM   #192
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On its way, Stan Boardman's Festival of European Friendship, "Dem Jearmins bombed ar chippy!", non-stop perfomances from Sonia, the Reynolds Girls and Cllaig from Big Brother, building up to the end of year finale: Carla Lane's Bread, the musical - on ice.

Capital of Cack.
You forgot Cilla's Cultural Blind date extravaganza - where local residents compete to be selected by someone from a different postcode, and could win a day out at Knowsley Safari park as an opportunity to engage in some first class 'cultural exchanges'.

Oh and the 'Ferry cross da Mersey' concert at Pier Head where famous Liverpool singers past and present make a one off appearance to sing Ferry Cross the Mersey in harmonious unison to a crowd of potentially hundreds.

Be still my beating heart....
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The Independent

Liverpool's city of culture plans in tatters as boss quits

By Ian Herbert

Published: 05 July 2006

When Liverpool beat Newcastle for the coveted title of 2008 European Capital of Culture, the city anticipated 14,000 new jobs, 1.7 million extra visitors and £1bn in investment. Instead it increasingly seems that Merseyside may have a fiasco on its hands.

The problems that have beset the city's preparation for its year in the limelight deepened yesterday when the Australian who was hired on a six-figure salary as artistic director abruptly left her post.

Robyn Archer, the singer, actress and writer who had previously directed festivals in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, cited personal reasons for her departure. But her contribution had come under increased scrutiny as Liverpool struggled to line up events and venues befitting the capital of culture year. A decision over her future was reached after a board meeting last week of the Liverpool Culture Company, which is co-ordinating the 2008 festivities.

Ms Archer's struggle to steer Liverpool towards its year in the spotlight was not helped by her decision to remain in Australia until April. Since then, she has been in and out of the country, an elusive figure to many.

There was also widespread resistance to the kind of artistic programme she was developing. Ms Archer is strong on performing arts, rather than conceptual art. But above all, according to her critics, she was simply too indecisive. "She won't release money and when she does she wants to decide exactly what institutions should do," one city source said.

Liverpool was awarded the title because of the "greater sense that the whole city is involved in the bid and behind it," according to Sir Jeremy Isaacs, chairman of the judges. The headline plan was for a futuristic Cloud building, designed by Will Alsop to be built on the banks of the Mersey. But that plan was dropped and matters got worse when a public row erupted between David Henshaw, the council chief executive, and Mike Storey, council leader, resulting in both men leaving their posts.

Mr Henshaw's successor, Jason Harborow, was only appointed in March. Amid the spats there have been few signs of progress besides a planned return from Berlin for Sir Simon Rattle, a former timpanist with the Merseyside Youth Orchestra, to conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2008; Liverpool securing the World Firefighter Games in 2008 and being named the host city for 2008 Holocaust Memorial Day.

The chief executive of the North West Development Agency, Steven Broomhead, warned that Capital of Culture was on his "risk radar". The city wants to hear of more grandiose plans: a blockbuster show from the theatre impresario Bill Kenwright, perhaps, a contribution by Sir Paul McCartney or a permanent exhibition of the city's John James Audubon art collection.

When Liverpool beat Newcastle for the coveted title of 2008 European Capital of Culture, the city anticipated 14,000 new jobs, 1.7 million extra visitors and £1bn in investment. Instead it increasingly seems that Merseyside may have a fiasco on its hands.

The problems that have beset the city's preparation for its year in the limelight deepened yesterday when the Australian who was hired on a six-figure salary as artistic director abruptly left her post.

Robyn Archer, the singer, actress and writer who had previously directed festivals in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, cited personal reasons for her departure. But her contribution had come under increased scrutiny as Liverpool struggled to line up events and venues befitting the capital of culture year. A decision over her future was reached after a board meeting last week of the Liverpool Culture Company, which is co-ordinating the 2008 festivities.

Ms Archer's struggle to steer Liverpool towards its year in the spotlight was not helped by her decision to remain in Australia until April. Since then, she has been in and out of the country, an elusive figure to many.

There was also widespread resistance to the kind of artistic programme she was developing. Ms Archer is strong on performing arts, rather than conceptual art. But above all, according to her critics, she was simply too indecisive. "She won't release money and when she does she wants to decide exactly what institutions should do," one city source said.
Liverpool was awarded the title because of the "greater sense that the whole city is involved in the bid and behind it," according to Sir Jeremy Isaacs, chairman of the judges. The headline plan was for a futuristic Cloud building, designed by Will Alsop to be built on the banks of the Mersey. But that plan was dropped and matters got worse when a public row erupted between David Henshaw, the council chief executive, and Mike Storey, council leader, resulting in both men leaving their posts.

Mr Henshaw's successor, Jason Harborow, was only appointed in March. Amid the spats there have been few signs of progress besides a planned return from Berlin for Sir Simon Rattle, a former timpanist with the Merseyside Youth Orchestra, to conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 2008; Liverpool securing the World Firefighter Games in 2008 and being named the host city for 2008 Holocaust Memorial Day.

The chief executive of the North West Development Agency, Steven Broomhead, warned that Capital of Culture was on his "risk radar". The city wants to hear of more grandiose plans: a blockbuster show from the theatre impresario Bill Kenwright, perhaps, a contribution by Sir Paul McCartney or a permanent exhibition of the city's John James Audubon art collection.

Ian Herbert seems to specialise in putting the knife in Liverpool! The fat, balding ****. Sorry, I hope I'm not being too one dimensional saying that. I've read other articles by Ian in which it's clear that Liverpool taps his bile more than his smile.

Where is he from?
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ArchergateJul 5 2006

EXCLUSIVE by Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo

ROBYN Archer's Capital of Culture plans face a massive overhaul with some acts axed for being too high-brow.

The blueprint programme of performances and events drawn up by the former artistic director for the run-up to 2008 is not expected to survive her resignation yesterday.

The rest here.

None of that high-faluting artistic stuff from Robyn now (now, who is a hillbilly, exactly?).

On its way, Stan Boardman's Festival of European Friendship, "Dem Jearmins bombed ar chippy!", non-stop perfomances from Sonia, the Reynolds Girls and Cllaig from Big Brother, building up to the end of year finale: Carla Lane's Bread, the musical - on ice.

Capital of Cack.
I think that in 2009 we'll remember CoC as much for the 'cultural' events that were not part of the official programme and it will be a good memory.

I think there's a place for naff scouse 'culture' transformed into assorted grotesques by, say cirque du soleil/Dock Road Divas, whatever. Tourists can be terrorised by them and LCC meetings can be invaded by them. Scouse stereotypes home to roost. I'm liking the idea of Davey Henshaw, full on bondage gear riding through Lime Street on a penny farthing (no saddle).
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Dont Panic !!!

The powers that be have lined up a top notch replacement for ms archer.

better looking imho and far more cultured


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Over on YoLiverpool, Tony Parrish (whose blog site is still down, btw) implies that Mike Storey wished to appoint the excellent Jude Kelly, who has now been snaffled up by London as the artistic director of the 2012 Olympics, for CoC and was overruled by Henshaw, who insisted on the over-paid, and generally absent outsider, Robyn Archer instead.

Jude Kelly is one of the most respected people working in the arts in the UK - she's the former director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, a theatre whose programme, under her management, was regarded as being one of the very best in the country during the 90s, and whose reputation she built. This whilst Liverpool's famous Playhouse and Everyman were in decline.

Oh, and Ms Kelly is from Liverpool.

Henshaw.
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******' 'ell Awayo, Jude Kelly would have been a superb appointment. Talk about a missed opportunity if that's true.
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Yeah, I know. This is assuming that she'd have taken the role, if offered to her, of course.
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Sounds too much like a poisoned challice to me.
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Arrow We won't replace culture supremo .....

http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0...name_page.html

We won't replace culture supremo Jul 6 2006

Exclusive, Liverpool Echo

ROBYN Archer will not be replaced by a new artistic director for Capital of Culture, the ECHO can reveal.

City chiefs will instead concentrating on knocking her 2008 plans into shape, less than 18 months before the celebratory year starts.

They will not be advertising her artistic director job, paid more than £125,000 a year, in the immediate future, but are deciding how to replace the role, with some pressing for a high-profile figurehead to oversee pre parations.

Mersey TV boss Phil Redmond and playwright Willy Russell have already been mentioned as possible targets but no decision will be made for several weeks.

As the ECHO revealed yesterday, the top priority now is overhauling Ms Archer's proposed programme of events - replacing obscure performers, suggested for 2008 but as yet unbooked, with mainstream acts.

Council leader Warren Bradley, Culture Company vice-chairman, said: "I am not sure if we need an artistic director earning a huge salary when we have seven big arts organisations to help bring the programme forward."

Cllr Joe Anderson, opposition leader and Culture Company board member, said: "We have to look at our homegrown talent - even Paul McCartney might want to get involved.

"These people would be delighted to be asked for their opinions and expertise. They would know how to reconnect Capital of Culture with the public.

"We must draw a line under Robyn Archer. We now need people who are passionate about Liverpool and can get involved on a national and intern-ational stage."

Cllr Mike Storey, who oversees 2008 for the council, said: "What we are missing is someone to play the role of Bob Scott during the original bid."

Ms Archer has been lying low at to her mother's Australian home after her shock departure. Today the 82-year-old said her daughter was "fine" and had just left Adelaide.

Her agent, Rachel Skinner, said Ms Archer was on her way to Melbourne and would not make any comment.
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