Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield during a press conference in Canberra in June 2018. Over the last six years of Coalition government, there has been a lack of strong policy initiatives and a neglect of smaller arts organisations.
The Coalition government's approach to arts and culture policy has been one of ad hocism and neglect. Perhaps most serious has been the damage done to the Australia Council and the ABC.
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At a time when even accountants are looking for a more compelling understanding of value, it is imperative that the arts – where individual experience is central – resist the evangelical call of quantification.
Artists and creatives often work in industrial spaces, which are declining in Sydney.
The loss of creative spaces to development is pricing Sydney artists out of the city. But they could be encouraged back with new cultural policies.
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.
Sports and the arts are now separated, but it wasn't always like this.
The creative economy is failing to live up to the fast-growing, young entrepreneurial image it promotes.
The notion of the creative sector driving fulfilling work as cities shed old industries has worn thin. But those creatives might be delivering value of a different kind, offering a more human future.
Edinburgh is one of the European cities that make the most of their creative and cultural assets.
A comparison of 36 Australian cities finds that, unlike Europe, the data on their creativity and culture are not closely linked to their capacity to generate economic value and social well-being.
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Grassroots venues are run on tight margins, and have been under pressure for some time from external factors such as rising costs and gentrification.
Justin Trudeau sees the artistic and creative industries as drivers of Canadian innovation.
Canada, a country with a similar demographic and economic profile to ours, has a very different approach when it comes to arts funding. Under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, there is a renewed sense of vitality in the arts.
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was “innovation” – at least, it was this time round. In 2015, the Word was “excellence”. And in the antediluvian era of the 1980s and 1990s, the Word was, variously…
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The decision looks like a reinforcement of the large imbalance in cultural spending between London and the north of England.
The ills that afflict any society can be dealt with much more effectively when the arts are integrated into the national conversation.
What if Malcolm Turbull’s conception of "21st-century government" imagines a healthy civil society and a responsive economy that values debate, imagination, difference and surprise - all provided by the arts.
Front doors closed as indefinite strike continues.
The debate about museums as businesses is in danger of trumping defences of museums and galleries as public institutions.
It’s time to inject some substance back into arts policy.
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Political discussion about the arts and creative industries is famously woolly ybland, generic and interchangeable. But Corbyn cuts through this.
George Brandis shocked the arts sector – and particularly the Australia Council – with his overhaul of the allocation of arts funding.
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The more the 2015 arts budget is examined the less sense it makes. The changes contribute little strategically or politically – they just make an entire sector nervous. And culturally, they will improve nothing.
Cultural leadership may not be the same as leadership in the other arenas.
The 2015 budget poses significant challenges to the arts sector. So why won't cultural leaders stand up and advocate for the sector?
There were no nasty surprises for the arts in the 2015 Budget – but plenty of worrisome rhetoric.
There were no truly nasty surprises in last night's Budget for the arts – but clear discomfort was expressed with the "arms-length" approach that hitherto has guided the allocation of arts funding.
The Lowry Centre in Salford has seen cuts to its regular arts budget.
Conservative culture minister Ed Vaizey says 'roughly' the same amount of money is going into the arts as it did under Labour. Is he right?
How can we assess whether or not Australian cultural policies work if we don’t have the data to measure participation?
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The results of the latest cultural participation survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show how valuable the data really is.
Creating a unique Australian culture has been an enduring challenge.
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Australia today is very different to the place I grew up in: our culture has changed and is changing, but public discussion is still framed by old tropes. We need a new shorthand to capture the reality…