Lockdowns, job loss and university courses struck down: 2020 was a difficult year for Australia's artists. But there was light through the darkness.
Literature funding has been cut brutally in recent years and writers' incomes are disastrously low. Yet books shape our national identity, forming an often invisible bedrock for the wider economy.
In a year when regional tourism has been hit so hard by bushfires and COVID-19, why is a crucial NSW regional arts body being cut?
In a year of lockdowns, The Impossible Project gives life to shows that never reached the stage. More than 150 events are listed on this online archive, and sadly, more are likely to come.
The 2020 federal budget allocates an additional A$53 million towards screen funding, but there are strings attached.
The amount going to arts and culture is a pimple to a pumpkin compared to what’s being pumped into the economy as a whole.
Some games developed in South Australia will now be able to access a rebate of 10% of production costs. It's helpful but more is needed for Australia's game industry to thrive.
After seven months of waiting for a support package, artists can finally apply for funding. But with ministerial sign-off, the guidelines don't instil hope.
Arts service organisations advocate for artists and help develop artforms. Cuts in NSW signal a more targeted approach to reduced government support for the arts and culture.
Where the policy debate has focused on a need to 'rescue' the cultural sector from the ill-effects of COVID-19, the emphasis must now be on growing it as part of a wider program of public investment.
While the government is showing support and generosity to foreign filmmakers and commercial television interests, it seems less inclined to demonstrate similar largesse to its own creators.
The arts and cultural sector was plunged into crisis three months ago and pleaded for help. Now a federal rescue package has been announced – but who is it for and is it enough?
The Morrison government has announced a $250 million program for the entertainment, arts and screen sectors.
The National Gallery of Australia is facing a 10% reduction in staffing, but will maintain its $16 million acquisitions budget.
Australian musicians make it work by balancing music and non-music jobs, self-employment, contracts, and a love for the art.
Concert halls may slowly be able to reopen – but difficulties will remain.
COVID-19 has shown up a mind-bending contradiction. On one hand, the arts are entwined with our daily lives. Yet culture has disappeared from federal policy. Something has gone fundamentally wrong.
COVID-19 has exposed the insecurity of the cultural workforce. Making the performing arts freely available online may further diminish their value, right when the sector is arguing its worth.
JobKeeper is designed for people with steady jobs. The arts don't work that way.
Public funding for the arts was not originally intended to be a permanent arrangement. But some economic fundamentals mean that it's necessary.