While the arts certainly have an economic benefit, they must also be recognised for their intrinsic value.
Economist David Throsby in a new Platform Paper calls for strong cultural policies from the Australian government.
Charging over £20 for admission is one thing – but what about reaching beyond the usual audience?
‘The shape of things to come’, installation view at Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne, March 2018.
Photograph by Christian Capurro.
Philanthropists are creating new galleries to share their private collections with the Australian public. But these gifts do not ameliorate the deficit left by declining government arts fundings.
Artist Cathrin Machin successfully crowdfunded her project Beautifully Nerdy Deep Space Paintings & Prints.
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Many Australian artists have seized on the chance to crowdfund their work through agents such as Patreon and Kickstarter. But crowdfunding should not be a substitute for government support for the arts.
The income gap between men and women is wider in the arts than the average gap across all industries in Australia. This is especially so for female writers, visual artists and musicians.
The average Australian female artist is better educated than her male counterpart but earns significantly less than him, new research shows. And artists' incomes are declining in real terms.
Being a member of a community choir has similar health and social benefits as being part of a football team.
Opera is treated differently to other artforms in Australia.
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It is a strange reality but opera as an artform is always given special and arguably preferential treatment by governments and other influential forces in Western society. This happens, it seems, regardless…
The creative arts are not a lifestyle choice. They are a life.
The plan is there is no plan. On climate change, immigration, energy, marriage equality – pick an area – the federal government displays policy desuetude and political exhaustion. Around the world, the…
Rather than more measurement of culture, we need more conversation about what kind of culture Australia wants.
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A new approach to arts advocacy and research could be the breath of fresh air the sector needs - or just more of the same.
Nearly three-quarters of Australians go to live art events, such as Dark Mofo in Hobart.
New survey from the Australia Council shows pretty much all Australians engage with the arts, and 8-in-10 do so online. However more people are ambivalent about public arts funding, and more people think the arts are too expensive.
An installation by the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin: From the bunker to the countryside - with ‘rooms’ without walls or a roof.
It’s a strange thing when the re-entry of genuine choice into political contests is framed as “anti-politics”. It feels more historically accurate, and logical, to see it the opposite way. For the past…
As thrilling as they are for audiences, Australia’s musical theatre scene is dominated by productions honed on the West End and Broadway.
Musical theatre nominees at the 2017 Helpmann Awards are dominated by overseas productions. Our own productions need way more support to compete on the world stage.
Writing has never been easy, but sending writers out to find new ideas and people might be one way to help.
Writers like Frank Moorhouse and Ben Eltham have proposed new long-term fellowships to support writing. But a better way may be more smaller grants, offering opportunities for travel.
George Brandis in 2014: instigator of the Catalyst mess.
An oft-occurring phrase in Peter Temple’s award-willing crime novel, Truth, is “moving on”. Characters say it when they want to change the subject, or there doesn’t seem much more to say about a subject…
Performers protesting the Brandis decision outside the Sydney Opera House in 2015.
The arts sector lobbied hard against the Catalyst funding model, which the ALP had labelled 'a ministerial slush fund'. But will the money returned to the Australia Council go to those who need it?
What happens when funding isn’t just eroded, but is wiped away?
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The National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block...again. But this time, the ideological justifications don't pass muster.
A termite mound in Cape Range National Park: WA’s geography has helped shape its writers.
With its dramatic landscape, relative isolation and vibrant counter culture, Western Australia has a thriving writing scene. But government funding cuts are biting.
Small organisations are creating Australia's most exciting art. Yet a recent report shows that even the most popular art-forms are bleeding revenue, while government funding dwindles.
Sydney Opera House during this year’s Vivid Festival: now, more than ever, we need artists to tell us the truth.
There was once a sense of excitement about creating a genuinely Australian culture and making our own way in the world. What's happened to that optimism?
David Bowie was the master of reinvention. Can the arts sector follow suit?
A culture of 'managerialism' has bled the arts of originality and purpose. We need a changed mindset and an arts and culture think-tank that is separate from the Australia Council.