Campaign 2013-2014 Letters to Southbank Centre

CAMPAIGN LETTERS TO SOUTHBANK CENTRE 2013-2014

Long Live Southbank are now working together with the Southbank Centre to restore parts of the Undercroft last skated in 2003/4. However we thought it important to keep the following letters online, as a documentation of the correspondence between LLSB and SBC in the 2013-14 period.

During this time, a false claim was made that “Long Live Southbank have stipulated that no correspondence between them and SBC should be made public. Ask LLSB to lift ban”.  The correspondence was published online to show transparency at an important time.

CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE DIRECTORS, CEO & BOARD OF GOVERNORS

LLSB-SBC-01 28th June 2013
LLSB-SBC-01 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-02 1st July 2013
LLSB-SBC-02 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-03 1st July 2013 (to Board of Governors / Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman)
LLSB-SBC-03 Board & CEO

LLSB-SBC-03-updated 4th July 2013 (to Board of Governors / Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman – delivered by hand to Artistic Director Jude Kelly)
LLSB-SBC-03-updated Board & CEO

LLSB-SBC-04 1st July 2013
LLSB-SBC-04 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-05 7th July 2013 (to Board of Governors / Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman)
LLSB-SBC-05 Board RH

LLSB-SBC-06 15th July 2013
LLSB-SBC-06 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-07 17th July 2013
LLSB-SBC-07 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-08 18th July 2013 (to Board of Governors / Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman)
LLSB-SBC-08 Board RH

LLSB-SBC-09 25th July 2013
LLSB-SBC-09 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-10 30th July 2013
LLSB-SBC-10 Alan Bishop

LLSB-SBC-11 23rd August 2013
LLSB-SBC-11 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-12 27th August 2013
LLSB-SBC-12 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-13 10th September 2013
LLSB-SBC-13 Jude Kelly

LLSB-SBC-14 27th September 2013
LLSB-SBC-14 Mike McCart

LLSB-SBC-15 27th September 2013
LLSB-SBC-15 Jude Kelly Alan Bishop

LLSB-SBC-16 27th September 2013
LLSB-SBC-16 Jude Kelly Alan Bishop

LLSB-SBC-17 3rd October 2013
LLSB-SBC-17 Mike McCart

LLSB-SBC-18 8th October 2013
LLSB-SBC-18 Alan Bishop

LLSB-SBC-19 17th October 2013
LLSB-SBC-19 Alan Bishop

LLSB-SBC-20 17th October 2013
LLSB-SBC-20 Mike McCart

LLSB-SBC-21 20th January 2014 (to Board of Governors / Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman)
LLSB-SBC-21 Board of Governors

LLSB-SBC-22 11th February 2014 (to Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman)
LLSB-SBC-22 Chair Rick Haythornthwaite

LLSB-SBC-23 4th March 2014 (Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman)
LLSB-SBC-23 Chair Rick Mr Haythornthwaite

LLSB-SBC-24 10th March 2014 (Rick Haythornthwaite, Board Chairman)
LLSB-SBC-24 Chair Rick Haythornthwaite

LLSB-SBC-25 10th March 2014 (Alan Bishop, Chief Executive)
LLSB-SBC-25 CEO Alan Bishop

LLSB-SBC-26 14th March 2014 (Shân Maclennan, Creative Director, Learning and Participation)
LLSB-SBC-26 Shan Maclennan

Reply: 14th March 2014 (Shân Maclennan, Creative Director, Learning and Participation)
Shan Maclennan 14th March 2014

LLSB-SBC-27 17th March 2014 (Alan Bishop, Chief Executive)
LLSB-SBC-27 CEO Alan Bishop

LLSB-SBC-28 19th March 2014 (Shân Maclennan, Creative Director, Learning and Participation)
LLSB-SBC-28 Shan Maclennan

Reply: 27th March 2014 (Shân Maclennan, Creative Director, Learning and Participation)
Shan Maclennan 27th March 2014

LLSB-SBC-29 24th March 2014 (Alan Bishop, Chief Executive)
LLSB-SBC-29 CEO Alan Bishop

Some of the communications from us the Southbank Centre simply haven’t bothered to respond to.

As an organisation which receives 47% of its income from public funds, and which announced to a huge fanfare that its Festival Wing aim is to provide for “2 million” more visitors, and to open “the first poetry and literature centre of major scale” and opportunities for “150,000 – 250,000” young people, we find it extraordinary that the Southbank Centre stated to us that their “archive is closed to public enquiry”, and after 3 months of trying to secure a visit to the archives – with no joy – we were told by them that they have “disposed of the need for any further correspondence between Southbank Centre and (Long Live Southbank)”.

The reality of the “open” and “public” arts and culture institution makes for a fascinating read:

CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE ARCHIVISTS & COMPANY SECRETARY/LEGAL ADVISER
Correspondence re SBC Archive

On 12th July 2013, LLSB was successful in securing the Undercroft’s listing as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) by Lambeth Council. Southbank Centre decided to appeal the decision. On 28th  February 2014, Lambeth rejected the appeal, rightly deciding to uphold the ACV lisiting. Despite Southbank Centre twice being told to recognise the communal value of the Undercroft, chief executive Alan Bishop stated publicly on 3rd March that they intended to appeal a second time! Read Lambeth’s decision on the review here:

ASSET OF COMMUNITY VALUE REVIEW
Review Outcome by Lambeth Council 28th February 2014

 
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