Another $9m secretly slashed from the Australia Council

News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Visual Arts |

The Coalition government has slashed the Australia Council’s funding yet again, in a sneaky summer efficiency dividend. Rumours have swirled about the new funding cut since before Christmas, but this week saw the first official confirmation of the new cut to the arts agency’s funding. The release of the government’s Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements by Treasury

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Heide Museum hires a new leader as both its director and CEO

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Could Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne be past its recent management upheavals with the appointment of a new leader who does not come from the customary curatorial background? Natasha Cica, the new director and CEO of the museum from April, (currently in Belgrade and “unavailable for interview”) is, according to Heide chairman Steven Scala: “an experienced and effective

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A casino can sponsor an arts festival but a company running a detention centre should not

Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Joseph O’Donoghue’s comment piece Why I Boycotted This Year’s Sydney Festival (published yesterday) and his complaint that a casino is its principal sponsor has attracted dozens of comments  — and most disagree with him. Readers have described O’Donoghue as clueless and naive (some of the nicer terms) for not understanding that the Sydney Festival would not exist if not for

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Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran’s gut-wrenching debut exhibition opens


The title for the first major exhibition of art works by Myuran Sukumaran, Another Day in Paradise, came directly from the executed drug smuggler himself. Those words appeared in a subject line of an email sent to artist and Sukumaran’s mentor Ben Quilty, following a particularly violent riot at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison. For the last four years

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