For artists, this recession is full of opportunity
YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR CALL: Film critic Paul Whitington on why fame is a mouse-click away
IT COULD be argued that the arts are a relatively recession-proof sphere, in the sense that it's not really much harder to get started as a writer, actor, painter or musician in a slump than it is in a boom -- it's always hard!
And while painters and sculptors will have taken a big hit of late, as government grants and projects dry up and the chattering classes become more keen on stocking up on the beans and toast than buying art, there are unexpected ways in which the recession has actually helped.
For instance, the freeze in wages and gradual drop in prices has begun to make us a more attractive proposition for film-makers. Steven Soderbergh, director of Ocean's Eleven and Erin Brokovich, can currently be seen in and around Grafton Street, shooting scenes for his upcoming $25m (€18m) action film, Knockout.