The arts funding divide between the haves and have nots is counter-intuitive, poor business and immoral

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Last week I attended the Melbourne chapter of the Australia Council’s national consultation on the strengthening and enhancement of the Major Performing Arts Framework. I came away with a mix of emotions that a week later settled into unease then dread. I’m going to try to unpack that feeling through this essay. I believe the

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Adrian Collette back in the frying pan as arts leader

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Former opera singer, publisher and long time CEO of Opera Australia, Adrian Collette, has been announced the new CEO of the Australia Council, the nation’s peak arts funding body, by the federal Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield. Collette replaces current CEO Mr Tony Grybowski whose term winds up on October 23. For about the last five years, Collette has been

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Neil Pigot Making Art No.7 Podcast: Questions of Value

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Music, News & Commentary, Screen, Visual Arts |

Daily Review presents actor Neil Pigot’s series of 60 minute podcasts in which he interviews artists from a range of disciplines about making art. In Episode Seven of Making Art he talks to academic and theatre director Julian Meyrick (co-author of the new book What Matters – Talking Value in Australian Culture) and Mark Williams (author of Falling Through

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Rick Amor’s beguiling The Tent at Niagara Galleries Melbourne

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Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

Pictures, paintings and art: in contemporary practice these often do not overlap. Rick Amor is one of Australia’s premier painters of pictures: a traditional skills-based realist, with expressionist and surrealist tendencies. His exhibition of recent work includes the memorable painting The Tent. An elephant stands to one side of a big top, which is not

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