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Articles by Ray Gill

Art for silvertails? Opera called to account

A review of four government-funded opera companies around Australia should revitalise this adventurous and resilient art form and find new ways to engage more artists and audiences.

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For subsidised theatre companies, only some make a return

There’s rich and not quite so rich among Australia’s 28 major theatre, opera, music and dance companies. Who will the budget hurt the most?

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With Hockey’s penny-pinching, arts companies look to crowdsourcing

In the wake of the federal budget and its fend-for-yourself philosophy, un-entitled artists might soon be spending more time chasing funds through crowdfunding.

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The arts: small companies fear impact of Australia Council cuts

If Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget can be characterised as hitting those who can least afford it, that strategy is perfectly mirrored in its arts funding.

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The art of money: resale royalties feed struggling artists or ‘rich widows’?

It’s hard to move beyond the cliches about poor, morally superior artists struggling against the rich and powerful who exploit and profit from their talents, but changes to re-sale laws require a more realistic view.

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‘The girl still has it’? Three (awkward) minutes with Helen Reddy

A recalcitrant Helen Reddy gives little away in an interview with Crikey’s Daily Review, but she begrudgingly admits she’ll sing her hits “in a medley”. If she really has to.

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‘Dirty money’: the murky world of arts sponsorship

It’s one of the biggest issues facing arts organisations… so why don’t they want to talk about it?

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Arts and business need to come clean over ‘dirty money’

Reducing arts funding to arguments over “dirty money” is unhelpful, but organisations need to be clear-eyed about their sponsors.

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‘Dirty money’ and the arts: which events will protesters attack next?

Was it a just a skirmish or a sign of the revolution to come? That’s the question those who work in the arts are asking after last week’s unprecedented rejection of a sponsor’s money.

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What does anyone know about art? A gallery reality check

What does anybody know about art any more? The more people rush to our large public galleries for spectacular event-style shows, the more they might discover that art has an elastic meaning.

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On the beach, two men pashing propel Brisbane back to the ’50s

Two men kissing on a film festival poster was too confronting for some in the northern capital. Is Brisbane regaining its reputation as “censorship city”?

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The art of politics: Nauru’s long shadow over Sydney’s Biennale

Transfield has been a longtime sponsor of the Sydney Bienalle, but those opposed to its involvement in immigration detention centres want people to boycott the event in protest.

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Death becomes her: Tasmania’s obsession with the macabre

Tassie is embracing its dark side, with sex and death in art becoming a better known export than apples or chocolate.

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The unwritten rules of street art: where graffiti is (and isn’t) celebrated

What is the difference between artistic ‘tagging’ and disrespectful defacement? It depends on who’s in charge.

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Adapt or die, art guru Susan McCulloch tells Aussie galleries

The internet, the GFC and the effects of cultural cringe are to blame for the woes of Australia’s art galleries — but all is not lost.

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Parks and recreation: leave hipsters alone, that’s what NYE is for

A public park in inner-north Melbourne was trashed on New Years’ Eve, as it has been for the past few years. The local council’s next move could see the “vibrant” inner-north pulled into line, and out of character.

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Art isn’t easy: Australian galleries are closing, but don’t worry …

It’s a brave new world for the visual arts — one where galleries mightn’t play a big part.

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$5m to watch your favourite opera at home? Priceless, says Wheeler

Maureen Wheeler spent $5 million of her own money to bring operatic Everest the Ring Cycle to Australia. Was it worth it?

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Who wrote this crap? When arts reviewers go incognito

Morry Schwartz’s new venture The Saturday Paper will publish arts reviews without bylines. Does taking personal politics out of the equation lead to better and more honest reviews?

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Coming soon to a bookstore near you: the art of book trailers

Will a YouTube “trailer” for a book generate the same excitement it will for a movie? Or do unsophisticated trailers do more harm than good for the book industry?

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The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.

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