Deep funding cuts will affect Australia’s entire arts ecology.
A 'mortal blow' to the South Australian theatre scene. 'Inexplicable' cuts to centres for photography in two states. The Australia Council's latest funding decisions have left the arts sector reeling and are evidence of a government indifferent to culture.
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…
Are you a rigid librarian or an eccentric poet? How you see yourself may enhance your creative performance.
Artist-run initiatives are a major creative driver in Australia’s art environment.
Lesley Giovanelli 'Continental Drift' Articulate project space 2015/Silversalt photography
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.
Sydney Biennale has recovered from the missteps of 2014.
Lee Mingwei, Guernica in Sand. Image courtesy of JUT Museum and Sydney Biennale.
Two years ago, the Sydney Biennale was at a historic low point. But a new, ambitious show puts the event firmly back on the artistic agenda.
Children’s learning improves across all areas when they get the chance to make and appreciate art.
Art education is an important vehicle for all sorts of learning and knowledge acquisition. Teachers must be taught not to view it as a "second class" subject.
Many films exist on a knife-edge ... failure is only a screening away.
John James Audubon’s American Flamingo (1838).
A review of some of the top arts and culture stories from the past year.
Graffiti by LMNOPI (LMNOPI.com) in Brooklyn, New York.
With more and more street artists partnering with corporations, it's important that they don't compromise their moral standing to earn a living.
Rembrandt’s famous painting – commonly known as The Night Watch – doesn’t even take place at night.
'Rembrandt' via www.shutterstock.com
The history of the picture title is really a history of the last 300 years.
It’s time to embrace a more collaborative approach to cultural leadership.
Young, experimental arts practitioners are exploring new ways to think about cultural leadership. But if we see leadership as a form of action rather than a role, how should we teach it?
From Afar on a Hill seeks to dispel misconceptions around the numbers, circumstances, motivations and the actual mechanisms for acceptance of asylum seekers in Australia.
From Afar on a Hill is an immersive theatre work that provides insight into the lived experience of asylum seekers and lays bare the arbitrariness of Australia’s immigration policies.
To bring arts policy into the 21st century, we need to update and correct the basic economic flaws that were baked into the mid-20th century model.
Turnbull’s 21st century vision for government provides an opportunity to fundamentally rethink arts and cultural policy from the ground up and move beyond its 20th century legacy.
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.
Stopgap Dance Company, Artificial Things, 2013.
Bold programming at the Edinburgh Fringe challenges the engrained tick-box culture, which at its worst, serves only to pay lip service to diversity.
Senator Scott Ludlam said changes to arts funding will mean the minister will not need to publicly reveal funding recipients. True or false?
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
The Greens' Senator Scott Ludlam said changes to arts funding will mean arts minister George Brandis won't need to publicly disclose who he's funding. He said it's unbelievable -- but is it true?
Audrey Hepburn photographed wearing Givenchy by Norman Parkinson, 1955.
Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive
She broke the stereotype and redefined style and class. Her image exuded innocence and honesty that spoke to women across generations.
James with his latest work.
Conceptions of forced displacement are very often tied to the notion of "loss". But certain things do remain.
Forget the doom and gloom about the humanities: employment and research in the sector continues to rise.
Smithsonian American Art/Flickr
There's plenty of hand-wringing about the humanities being in crisis – but is that actually the case? In Australia, the sector is thriving, and policy should be made on that basis.
A 1893 self-portrait of the French artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).
Artist Paul Gauguin is perhaps most famous for his colorful paintings of Tahitian life. But for years, art historians puzzled over his lesser-known prints: how did he form, layer and transfer images from one medium to another?