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More than 50 arts training programs across the nation, including circus, may no longer be supported by the federal government. Julian Smith/AAP

Arts training is an essential part of an innovative nation

The past two years have not been happy ones for the arts sector in Australia. It all began in early 2014 with federal Ministers Brandis and Turnbull telling artists at the Sydney Biennale that they were…
The Record – a genre-less, story-less dance piece – would never fit into a standardized category. Maria Baranova

Why a scorecard of quality in the arts is a very bad idea

Modern society has become addicted to ratings and league tables. But a new scorecard, which aims to give 'good art' a numerical ranking, is utterly wrong-headed.
Justin Trudeau sees the artistic and creative industries as drivers of Canadian innovation. vl04/flickr

Art for innovation’s sake? Lessons from our Canadian cousin

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.
Why can’t an artist offer advice to politicians in the same way a scientist can? David Gray/Reuters

Why Australia needs a Chief Artist

In one of those abyssal silences that punctuate official Thinkfests when artists have to come up with new policy ideas that don’t involve asking governments for more money, I once facetiously suggested…
Bangarra Dance Theatre has been very successful at building relationships with donors. AAP/Bangarra Dance Theatre, Edward Mulvihill

Where to next for arts philanthropy in Australia?

From crowdfunding to giving circles, the arts philanthropy landscape is rapidly changing. But could governments be doing more to emulate overseas policies that foster a culture of giving?
The Mexican artist Diego Rivera was an early contributor to the Pago en Especie program, which allows artists to pay tax with art. Detail of the Rivera mural El hombre en cruce de caminos (1934). Wikimedia Commons

Should artists pay their taxes in art?

Many Australian artists eke out a living, yet government funding is generally heading backwards. Can we learn from Mexico, where artists are allowed to pay tax in paintings or sculptures in lieu of cash?

The Rise of the Joyful Economy

The relationship between the art world and the market economy has long been one of Sturm und Drang. Deep down, a battle of weltanschauung plays out between light and dark, sky and earth, imagination and…

No (is a one word poem)

In the words of Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, “the injustice of it is almost perfect”. Last week, Jason Potts argued here that the cuts made to around 60 cultural organisations under the Australia…
Artist-run initiatives are a major creative driver in Australia’s art environment. Lesley Giovanelli 'Continental Drift' Articulate project space 2015/Silversalt photography

Small is beautiful: artist-run collectives count, but they’re facing death by a thousand cuts

Small arts organisations are facing savage cuts in May. These vibrant collectives are a vital part of the Australian art ecology, and deserve better than slow strangulation.
The National Library of Australia safeguards one of Australia’s most important living archives. Paul Hagon

Treasure Trove: why defunding Trove leaves Australia poorer

Australia has one of the world's best reference libraries, available freely to anyone with an internet connection. Severe funding cuts will cripple Trove's capacity – and that should worry everyone.
Graffiti by LMNOPI ( in Brooklyn, New York. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The artist’s dilemma: what constitutes selling out?

With more and more street artists partnering with corporations, it's important that they don't compromise their moral standing to earn a living.

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