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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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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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Originality? Now there’s a novel idea.

June 16th, 2010 1 Comment

TO ALL of you who have suddenly developed a concern for the lack of originality in art and culture: Thank you! I’m pleased, but frankly, I can’t say I entirely understand it. To be honest much of the reaction to the Sam Leach’s winning of the Wynne prize has flat out confused me. It’s not […]

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Why don’t people laugh in art galleries?

March 15th, 2010 6 Comments

Perhaps it’s because my brain is still on holidays and I’m more inclined to laze around, wander up the street, and generally while away my days unproductively than to take art, culture and its consequences — or anything else for that matter — too seriously. Art is often discussed in reverent tones , we invest […]

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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 […]

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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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