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Art consumption: the billion dollar industry (but mostly for architects and builders)

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

As we begin to reflect on the discussions that Future/Forward has opened up about a contemporary arts sector that’s ambitious and fair, across Australia unprecedented billions of dollars are being committed to the contemporary arts – to bricks and mortar, that is, and not to artists themselves. $244 million from the NSW Government towards a

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Australia Council’s Sam Walsh responds to artist David Pledger’s quest to be his left-hand man

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage, Visual Arts |

Last week, artist David Pledger applied for the position of CEO of funding body, the Australia Council for the Arts, by publishing his application for how to take the organisation into the 21st Century on Daily Review. Pledger wrote a long and thorough brief of his vision to the new chair of the Australia Council, Sam Walsh, the

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Jon Eiseman and Anne Conron, artists in the desert and after the rain

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Partners in life and art who divide their time between Victorian and Tasmania, recently sculptor Jon Eiseman and photographer Anne Conron decided to embark on extensive travels throughout Central Australia. The journey was an experience that Eiseman says left them both “overawed with the beauty of the land”, and it has inspired a powerful new

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(The other) Nick Cave’s soundsuits turn dance into political action

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American visual artist Nick Cave returns to Sydney’s Carriageworks in November with UNTIL – the largest scale project that Carriageworks has ever presented. The work is comprised of thousands of found objects and millions of beads, giving visitors the feeling that they have stepped inside one of Nick Cave’s iconic “soundsuits”.  If you missed Cave’s HEARD-SYD at Carriageworks in 2016, read

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Bjork’s Utopia tour headpieces made to resemble orchids and bones

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Designer James Merry has created futuristic headpieces for Icelandic musician Björk and her flute players to wear during the Utopia tour. The masks were designed by Merry to compliment the costumes and sets for the tour of the album Utopia, which Bjork described as “magically utopian” in an interview with leading UK design website Dezeen. Merry, told Dezeen that

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