marcus westbury

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Explorations in Emptiness

September 11th, 2015 8 Comments

  In late 2007 and early 2008, I found myself walking Hunter and King Streets, the two main streets of Newcastle, and the smaller streets that connected them. I was seeing them afresh—looking at parts of them up close for the first time in the best part of a decade. I spent two days peering […]

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A quick Renew Newcastle reader

February 2nd, 2011 2 Comments

MakeSpace – a Renew Newcastle project I’m on the road for about a month in the USA and Canada and meeting a lot of people who are interested in Renew Newcastle but don’t know too much about me, Newcastle, the project or its history. I thought i should try my best to put a few […]

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Why governments should do more non-funding the arts

July 31st, 2009 3 Comments

IS THE best thing government can do for artists always to fund them? A preoccupation with funding is understandable but it obscures many other things governments can do to foster a rich and thriving culture. There are even things that governments can do that cost almost nothing at all. Funding is actually peripheral for a […]

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Art v. Sport (or not)

June 19th, 2009 5 Comments

ARTISTS and sportspeople have a lot in common… really. I’ve never understood the idea that art and sport are somehow opposed to each other. I’ve spent a lot of time with artists, and a little time with sportspeople, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’ve got more in common with each other than just […]

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I’m a newspaper columnist!

April 23rd, 2009 7 Comments

Based on the fact that i am sweating over my copy this afternoon, i think it is safe to say that I am now officially a newspaper columnist. The downside is that “newspaper columnist” is a sub-profession of human being somewhere above politician and used car salesman and below journalist. I’m not sure that inflicting […]

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The culture of hard times

January 30th, 2009 9 Comments

From my small air conditioned bubble in a sweltering Melbourne the abstract economic gloom of stock shocks and far away corporate collapses is getting less and less abstract with each passing day. Anecdotal reports of jobs drying up, businesses closing, incomes evaporating and people fast becoming un or underemployed are mounting around me. It is […]

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forms v. audiences

August 4th, 2008 7 Comments

From the Not Quite Book notes. Click here for an explanation… Traditionalists will hate me but I am less and less convinced that artforms are a particularly useful way to slice up the way that cultures are talked about or resourced in the world. The qualities that interest me are far more about the resonance […]

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Perth Talk: Flotillas v. Flagships

August 1st, 2008 9 Comments

I was asked recently by the folks at the Department Of Culture and the Arts in WA to take part in a forum about “Creative People” as part of their process to develop an “Umbrella Policy Framework” for the state. I thought it might be useful to post the notes here that i made for […]

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The Art Word

July 31st, 2008 3 Comments

From the Not Quite Book notes. Click here for an explanation… I have a problem with the word “Art.” I duck the question of what is and isn’t Art. I’ve resorted to all the flippant throw away clichés: that like pornography “I know it when I see it”; that “I don’t know what it is […]

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Not Quite Book Notes

July 31st, 2008 4 Comments

I am stuck in Singapore for a few days. There is nothing quite like being bored and away from the constant series of distractions that pepper my life to focus the mind a little. I’ve decided to spend at least some of this time productively by digging through some old notes I’ve compiled and posting […]

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