Excuse me for being just a bit sceptical about the Turner centre's latest announcement regarding it's success.
Should the statement be believed that the Turner Centre has added £13.8m and 130 jobs to the economy. That's £13,800,000 or an ecomic boost to the value of over 50 pretty good saleries.
The problem is that the gallery actually paid to have the study done so it was highly unlikely to find that no change has resulted. If you paid me a ton of cash to do a study I would be tempted to look for a positive too.
I think their assumptions used to turn 495,000 reported visitors into £13.8m bares some closer examination.
Or rather it probably doesn't. I suspect that on closer examination that rather grand sounding number might proove to be so much smoke and mirrors.
The gallery has to justify it's existance and funding a study that says "yes this is all good" is probably the cheapest option.
Just because a study says something is so no more makes it true than if a newspaper announces it.
Even if it was true that's stil a long way from value for invested money.
Do you trust the gallery's study?