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Opera Australia’s production, Aida, at the Arts Centre Melbourne. AAP Image/Luis Ascui

The limits of advocacy: arts sector told to stop worrying and be happy

Two reports — from think tank A New Approach and ex-Grattan Institute director John Daley — say Australian art and culture hasn’t advocated for itself effectively. But we need to try something new.
Bangarra Dance Theatre dancers Bradley Smith and Rika Hamaguchi perform during a Sydney Festival media call in January. Some festival shows were cancelled due to COVID clusters. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Has the government rescued the arts in this budget? There are some winners but not much has changed

The government needs to address the whole ecosystem of the arts, increasing funding to the Australia Council so individual artists and small organisations get adequate support.
Then national theatre critic of The Australian, Katharine Brisbane and her husband, drama academic, the late Dr Philip Parsons, two years after they founded Currency Press in 1971, with their children Nick, now chair of Currency Press, and Harriet, this year replacing Katharine as Director of Currency House. Currency House

Katharine Brisbane has been a leader in Australian theatre for decades. Her new proposal is her most daring yet

Ex theatre critic for The Australian and founder of Currency Press and Currency House, Katharine Brisbane, now 89, has issued a call to arms for the arts to be taken seriously.
Kate Winslet in the 2015 film The Dressmaker. The film was based on the novel by Australian writer Rosalie Ham. Screen Australia, Film Art Media, White Hot Productions

Gail Jones: Australian literature is chronically underfunded — here’s how to help it flourish

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.
A re-imagined production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town was cancelled five days before opening. Anne-Louise Sarks

A litany of losses: a new project maps our abandoned arts events of 2020

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.

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