The federal decision to eliminate a department of arts came as a surprise to public servants.
Jade Ferguson/Opera Queensland
We care less about the arts when there is less to care about. The government of the day has backed Australian arts and culture into a corner and it must start telling its story better to survive.
Both parties have placed museums at the heart of their cultural policies, renewing commitment to free entry.
While both parties are championing the arts and culture sector, after years of swingeing cuts these promises dazzle but offer little hope to struggling institutions
Wesley Enoch’s Sydney Festival has placed First Nations people and artists at its heart.
Victor Frankowski/Sydney Festival
Australia's three major summer festivals in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide give an interesting insight into how festival programming is changing – or not.
Open access publishing enables free and easy dissemination of work, but this does not meant that it engages with literary culture. Titles are isolated from bookshops, reviews, and cultural conversations.
Photo by Fred Kearney on Unsplash
The notion that a respected publishing house can be replaced by open access publishing is disproved by examining other recent examples, such as the now-closed University of Adelaide Press.
The Australian Ballet, here performing Monument, is one of the 29 Major Performing Arts companies whose funding is guaranteed. Artists are calling for these 29 organisations to lose their special status.
Among growing feelings of despair in the Australian arts sector, more than 700 leading artists and arts-workers have signed a petition calling for the Major Performing Arts framework to be abolished.
Untitled Goose Game is an indie game where you are a horrible goose – and it is a global phenomenal success.
Untitled Goose Game is a global phenomenon out of an indie games house in Melbourne. Its success shows us where a little investment in games can lead.
A new report says Australian cultural funding ‘reached its highest point ever’ in 2017/18 – but the full story is a lot more complicated.
A new report by the cultural think tank A New Approach establishes some useful baselines for Australia’s cultural debate.
Kate Sherman and Nicci Wilks in Theatreworks’ 2016 production of the play Animal. The acclaimed Melbourne theatre company has lost its long-term Australia Council funding.
Both the Australia Council's and South Australia's new five-year arts plans talk the talk, but fail to provide vital arts funding and structural support for a diverse arts culture.
Bill Shorten walks past the painting The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin at the NGV Australia in Melbourne on May 11.
Labor's arts election policy includes more funding for the Australia Council and the ABC. But while this is welcome, arts and culture deserve far greater attention.
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.
Dancers perform a scene from the Sydney Dance Company’s WOOF: the arts are one of the ways we make sense of our place in an increasingly confusing, and confused, world.
Where is the nation-building cultural vision, the statement of cultural aspiration in this budget?
South African performers from the Mzansi Ballet.
Government support for the arts, culture and heritage is important even in tough economic conditions.
Adelaide has been known as the ‘Athens of the South’, but there are concerns about the current state of arts governance in South Australia.
The arts have long been championed in SA, but in recent years the sector has started to stagnate.
Tourists queue to take a photograph of the Mona Lisa at The Louvre.
© NikkiJohnson, Image Perception
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.
Peter Coleman-Wright and Merlyn Quaife during a dress rehearsal of Bliss in 2010: it is one of few important local operas over the past three decades to have been staged a second time.
Australian operas have been written about many pressing topics - from the Stolen Generations to the Lindy Chamberlain case - but few have been staged a second time. What is going wrong?
Traditional support networks too often fail our artists.
The performing arts is the canary in the coalmine of the gig economy.
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.
Cathrin Machin/Used with permission
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.