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Neville Wran had a reputation as a tough guy – but he was also a strong supporter of the arts. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Remembering Neville Wran – arts aficionado or Balmain bruiser?

In 1981, on a short trip back home to Australia from the UK, I saw a job advertised that I thought had been made for me. The Director, Women and Arts, according to the advertisement, was a special role…
The history of arts funding in Australia suggests the “arm’s length” principle is worth preserving. wallyg/ Artist: OverUnder, Brooklyn

The Australia Council must hold firm on ‘arm’s length’ funding

Things to remember if you are a federal minister for the arts: In arts policy, as in the arts, how you do things matters as much as what you do. Good ideas become bad ideas if your tone is wrong or you…
The “intangible benefits” of arts are absent from the policy documents of the three main parties. (Mural by Hobart artist Robert O'Connor). petahopkins

The curious business-speak of Tasmanian arts policy

This Saturday’s Tasmanian election is the first since Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opened on January 21 2011, and it’s no surprise that the creative arts and industries have featured heavily…
Fans love live music – but what does it take to keep venues open? Erik Anderson

A live music scene needs a live music policy

The Bendigo Hotel, a live music venue in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, is facing closure after complaints about noise. As an online campaign mounts to stop the Bendigo being closed down, cities…
How do we decide what art is worth – by the economic benefits it delivers or some notion of intrinsic value? fedee P

The tricky notion of ‘value’ in the arts

There’s plenty of discussion about arts funding in Australia – but are we ready to tackle tough questions around the “value” of the arts? That’s a challenge that will involve scrutinising the “benefits…
What happens when we reduce cultural value to the bottom line? @yakobusan Jakob Montrasio 孟亚柯

UNESCO leads the way on a truly global approach to cultural economy

Last week, UNESCO launched its Creative Economy Report 2013 in New York. It’s a key document in a major reorientation of global cultural policy – away from creative industries and towards a more inclusive…
NSW Arts Minister George Souris makes an announcement about the 2014 Sydney Festival. AAP Image/Sydney Festival

The NSW recipe for bland arts and culture policy

Arts New South Wales, the state’s arts policy and funding body, released a discussion paper last week: Framing the Future: Developing an Arts and Cultural Policy for NSW. As a discussion paper rather than…

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