Many workers in the film industry are excluded from JobKeeper.
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JobKeeper is designed for people with steady jobs. The arts don't work that way.
The Bell Shakespeare Company – established with support from the Trust – had to end its touring season of Hamlet early due to coronavirus.
Public funding for the arts was not originally intended to be a permanent arrangement. But some economic fundamentals mean that it's necessary.
Cockfight by The Farm
Performing arts centres will be hardest hit by COVID-19. Looking at the fortunes and pressures facing Queensland's Home of the Arts can help us understand the challenges faced by around 150 centres.
Carriageworks did everything right but was struggling even in regular conditions. Now the organisation's troubles are emblematic of an arts sector on the edge – but there might be a brighter future.
Bell Shakespeare’s recent Hamlet tour was cut short by COVID-19.
Photo: Brett Boardman
Arguments for Australian culture focus on what it should say to demonstrate its worth - rather than the government’s capacity to listen. Our history of conservative cultural leadership show they can.
New grants to aid the arts and culture sector are welcome. But as we look for distraction and meaning in isolation, a bigger correction is needed to how the government values Australian creativity.
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.
The Sydney Dance Company’s Ultimo rehearsal studios are the latest cultural space under threat from developers in Sydney – but there is a solution.
Kat Lu/Dunn HIllam Architects
Sydney's historic buildings are facing increasing threats from developers. But we're not just losing public ownership of our history – we're losing our cultural spaces, too.
The ABC’s Don’t Stop The Music looked at the benefit of music education in disadvantaged schools.
As comparisons are made between the finances of private and public schools, investment in a creative education for all should be prioritised.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Cirque du Soleil is one of the many Canadian artist groups that have received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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The new creative framework policy put forth by the Canadian government has been criticized for its capitalist and Silicon Valley leanings. But it's actually Canada's best creative policy to date.
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.
An installation by the conceptual artists Frank and Patrik Riklin: From the bunker to the countryside - with ‘rooms’ without walls or a roof.
It’s a strange thing when the re-entry of genuine choice into political contests is framed as “anti-politics”. It feels more historically accurate, and logical, to see it the opposite way. For the past…
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines at Dark Mofo at the Museum of Old and New Art.
Many great artists died in 2016: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Paul Cox, Shirley Hazzard. It was a year of creative foment and as always, intense debate about the importance of the arts to a thriving, democratic society.
Sydney Opera House during this year’s Vivid Festival: now, more than ever, we need artists to tell us the truth.
There was once a sense of excitement about creating a genuinely Australian culture and making our own way in the world. What's happened to that optimism?