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What’s the difference between enabling and programming?

October 26th, 2013 34 Comments

  Following on from yesterday’s post where i boldly declared that “interaction with funding bodies¬†actively destroys enabling mechanisms” several people responded to what i thought was pretty much a throw away point. It was my quick and dirty way to frame the debate. They either asked about or noted that they’d appreciated the explicit distinction […]

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How social media saved Renew Newcastle

October 23rd, 2010 4 Comments

The Room Project, a Renew Newcastle installation I was recently asked to give a talk to the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres annual conference talking about how social media is changing the arts and i was specifically asked to use Renew Newcastle as an example. What follows is my notes from that talk – […]

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What’s so special about Opera? [My Festival of Dangerous Ideas Speech]

October 6th, 2010 7 Comments

What follows is the text of the speech i gave at the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas. This is pretty much a straight cut and paste of my speech notes so it may not read all that well on the screen to others and is inevitably full of typos, poor punctuation and general […]

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Australia Council arts breakdown

September 28th, 2010 11 Comments

Regular readers or those following the arts policy priority debates that have been happening around the traps will have noticed that the Australia Council has responded to my graph of their 09/10 grants by art form with one of their own that you can see above or read about on their site. As you would […]

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Time to think beyond the arts funding system

September 24th, 2010 2 Comments

Just catching up on some old updates around here. This one was in The Age before the election. NOT long ago, 15,000 people gathered in front of the Victorian Parliament to protest against an unpopular government decision. They chanted and marched, sported placards and listened to speeches. They weren’t protesting about refugees, climate change or […]

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Updates from the world of arts policy

September 23rd, 2010 6 Comments

I have been absolutely useless with keeping things up to date around here. I put it down to a combination of events at Renew Newcastle (where events in the city have forced us to bring forward a few medium term plans), the embryonic development of a Renew Australia (a national scheme to seed local “renew” […]

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Where Australia Council funding goes – 09/10 version

September 15th, 2010 38 Comments

This graph is a breakdown of Australia Council arts funding last year by artform. Despite recent scare campaigns that have suggested that Australia was somehow in the throes of doing away with the “heritage arts” in favour of “new media” there doesn’t appear to be much evidence of it in the numbers!¬† Right click “view […]

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Waiting for God knows what, why or how long

August 11th, 2010 4 Comments

THE news last month that Arts Victoria and the Victorian government was not getting around to notifying successful applicants for their 2010 arts grants in time for them to actually do their projects hit a raw nerve with me. It has an ominous ring for many who have schlepped around in the underfunded, under-appreciated bottom-feeding […]

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Now everyone’s a critic, who’s a critic now?

August 3rd, 2010 4 Comments

ARE critics a dying breed? Are the art critics that we’ve come to know (and, occasionally, love) soon to become things of the past? Last month, I joined a panel at the Australia Council’s annual arts marketing summit in Brisbane, asking “Who’s the critic now?” The audience was made up of directors and marketing people […]

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Dinner at the Lodge

June 14th, 2010 2 Comments

MY PHONE rang late on a Wednesday afternoon. The Prime Minister’s office was calling to inquire as to whether I had any plans for Friday night. I did but they were swiftly cancelled. Little more than 48 hours later, I’d had my only passable suit dry-cleaned, some flights cancelled and new ones arranged and I […]

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