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A few last minute ideas for Arts Minister Mitch Fifield ahead of the Federal Budget

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In this edited extract from Currency House’s Platform Papers, the cultural economist David Throsby, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, reviews Australia’s fraught attempts to deliver a sustainable, wide-ranging arts and cultural policy – and on the eve of Budget 2018, points to where we could go from here. The last national cultural policy was

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Art and mental health issues, they seem to go together


Anglicare’s in Brisbane has produced a web-series and a billboard campaign across the city to tell of artists and their commitment to increasing awareness of mental health. The church organisation has paired five emerging artists affected by mental health issues with five established artists to create artworks that will be auctioned at an event on May 31. The five

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A Perfect Circle album review: Eat the Elephant

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Maynard James Keenan founded Tool in the early ’90s. After dropping out of the military, he became involved in the LA music scene and joined bands, including Green Jelly, before hitting the jackpot with Tool. Tool are massively popular. They’ve also been creatively dormant. Over the 12 years since their last album, 10,000 Days, there have

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A Lord Mayor for the Arts?


Local government elections aren’t normally of national significance. When it’s a capital city mayoral election, however, all of Australia takes notice. Lord Mayors lead programs, budgets and square kilometres that encompass their state’s major public spaces, galleries, museums, festivals and performing arts centres, as well as the sites of their major events. Artists of national

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