marcus westbury

my life. on the internets.

marcus westbury header image 5

Elitism (or why art is a bit like tennis)

June 1st, 2011 18 Comments

IN POLITE company in arts circles these days, you do not mention the “e” word. No, not e-books or e-commerce or the other electronic innovations running a wrecking ball through Australia’s much loved big-box retailers. The uncomfortable e-word in the arts is “elite”. The arts are in a bind when it comes to elitism. Once […]

Tags:   · · · · · · · ·

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 […]

Tags:   · · · · ·

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” […]

Tags:   · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

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 […]

Tags:   · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Where Australia’s Arts funding goes

November 6th, 2009 21 Comments

There is now an updated 2009-10 version of this data here. I’m basically just posting this here so i can link to it from this discussion over at Larvatus Prodeo. But it’s a reminder though that I’m involved in many debates and discussions about arts funding and policy priorities in Australia at the moment (most […]

Tags:   · · · · · · · · ·

Niche cultures: Or why Opera is like Comic Books

September 15th, 2009 1 Comment

From The Arrival by Shaun Tan CALL them subcultures, genres, specialities or whatever, but culturally we are fast becoming a society of cross-pollinating subspecies. Australia has vibrant pockets of passion for everything from Korean film, contemporary theatre, comic books, hacker culture, art deco architecture, indigenous painting, poetry, hip-hop, opera and jazz. At face value, they […]

Tags:   · · · · · · ·