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'Devastating' OzCo grants just the tip of the iceberg

'Devastating' OzCo grants just the tip of the iceberg

Ben ElthamMay 23, 20166 Comments

The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.

Full list of casualties from Brandis' arts bloodbath revealed

Full list of casualties from Brandis' arts bloodbath revealed

Daily ReviewMay 13, 20162 Comments

All arts companies, all artists and all audiences are the losers today as each is dependent on the other to build a creative nation -- and economy.

'Arts criticism in Australia is gone': Fairfax chops arts coverage as petition begs for one job

'Arts criticism in Australia is gone': Fairfax chops arts coverage as petition begs for one job

Myriam RobinMay 12, 20163 Comments

Arts journalists are feeling the pain from Fairfax's latest cost-cutting round.

Catalyst funding blows out by $12m as OzCo applicants sweat

Catalyst funding blows out by $12m as OzCo applicants sweat

Ben ElthamMay 12, 20162 Comments

The Catalyst funding scheme has blown out its budget in one big hit, giving money to large organisations (which is against its remit). Meanwhile smaller organisations wait for Australia Council grants to be announced.

Video games as a weapon of Western propaganda

Video games as a weapon of Western propaganda

Matthew SainsburyMay 11, 20166 Comments

“The use of gaming is in fact a technological extension of more than a century of recruiting techniques."

Turnbull govt leaves arts in a sling, locking in Abbott-era cuts

Turnbull govt leaves arts in a sling, locking in Abbott-era cuts

Ben ElthamMay 4, 20161 Comment

The significant level of austerity imposed on our cultural institutions was confirmed in last night's budget.

Scott Morrison, here's a quick way to boost innovation: fund video games

Scott Morrison, here's a quick way to boost innovation: fund video games

Josh TaylorMay 2, 20161 Comment

You want innovation, jobs and growth? The video games industry could be an easy win for newbie Treasurer Scott Morrison.

Qld arts company collapse leaves funding and projects in limbo

Qld arts company collapse leaves funding and projects in limbo

Ben ElthamApr 28, 20161 Comment

Artslink Queensland has gone into voluntary administration, leaving those artists and projects depending on the company in limbo.

Arts sector's worst nightmare comes true with Catalyst a smokescreen for pork

Arts sector's worst nightmare comes true with Catalyst a smokescreen for pork

Ben ElthamApr 18, 20161 Comment

When the National Program for Excellence in the Arts -- now Catalyst -- was announced, many feared it would become nothing more than pork barrelling for favoured projects. They were right.

Massive arts grant highlights the rift between the haves, have-nots

Massive arts grant highlights the rift between the haves, have-nots

Ben ElthamFeb 10, 2016

Arts industry figures have been gobsmacked at just how much money is being distributed to a commercial gallery.