Banksy, photography by Chris Devers
Last night's budget failed to offer a compelling overall policy framework and vision for the arts in Australia. Like a Beckett play, narratively not much is going on.
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…
Local voices are more important than ever in a time of global oligopolies.
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In a global era dominated by Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google, we need to find persuasive, creative ways to answer those who claim the national and local are now irrelevant. If we don't, we will become invisible.
The West Australian Ballet (pictured) is one of the beneficiaries of the Catalyst fund.
Decisions made by the federal government's Catalyst arts fund are shrouded in secrecy and mystery. How are they reached and where is the transparency in deciding who receives money?
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.
Malcolm is erudite and charming, but that doesn’t translate into a better deal for artists.
The arts sector is in crisis and while many hoped the Turnbull Government would mark a new, enlightened beginning, this has not happened.
The National Library of Australia safeguards one of Australia’s most important living archives.
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 (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.
In many quarters, the arts receiving any government support is still a contested space.
With a change in prime minister and a new arts minister there has been an acknowledgement perhaps that the arts matter. But have the needs and concerns of the arts sector have been understood?
Following a sustained and vocal campaign by the arts sector, the National Program for Excellence in the Arts has been canned.
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Following a sustained and vocal campaign by the arts sector, the controversial National Program for Excellence in the Arts has been rethought and renamed. Should we be celebrating or concerned?
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?
A new discussion paper examines the many challenges faced by Australia’s four flagship opera companies.
Amid dwindling audiences and rising production costs, Australian opera is facing its first national review. So what are the solutions put forward so far?
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.
Through the Gordon Darling Foundation, the Darlings undertook a vast range of activities in keeping with their vision for the arts in Australia.
Gordon Darling handing over a portrait of Sir Donald Bradman AC to Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, in 2008. AAP Image/National Portrait Gallery
The death of Gordon Darling last month reminded many in the arts community of the key role that he played in fostering the visual arts in Australia. But should his contribution have been more widely noted?
Art is all around us, all the time. Where does it come from? It’s just ‘there’ …
Adelaide's Follow the White Rabbit, an Alice in Wonderland inspired exhibition in January. AAP Image/NEWZULU/Sam Talbot
The Senate Inquiry into the 2015-16 arts budget cuts continued in Adelaide last week. If nothing else, it provided a timely reminder that art - and the lives of artists - matter.
The new Arts Minister, Mitch Fifield, is in a fortunate position …
If the new arts minister, Mitch Fifield, abolishes the National Program for Excellence in the Arts and diverts its funds back to the Australia Council, he will increase arts funding at no cost to the budget bottom line.
If we have learned anything thus far it is this: one man’s excellence is another man’s mediocrity.
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In live performance, when developing a new work and before getting to the final rehearsal period, previews and season, there is often a public showing. Enter the Senate Inquiry, stage left.
The 2014 Arts in Daily Life report found that 66% of Australians think the arts are important for child development.
The success of the Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre's Rabbits offers a chance to celebrate the pioneering nature of children's theatre in Australia.
Artists must take the opportunity to sharpen their minds as well as their rhetoric.
How can common standards apply to a sector with so much difference? Artists must take the opportunity to sharpen their minds as well as their rhetoric. The implications of the NPEA go beyond the polemical.
Senator Scott Ludlam said changes to arts funding will mean the minister will not need to publicly reveal funding recipients. True or false?
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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?