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BEN NEUTZE | THE ARTS |

Champing at the Brit: arts leaders feel snubbed by new appointment

Not everyone is pleased with the appointment of veteran theatre director Jonathan Church to the role of artistic director for Sydney Theatre Company.

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Big companies tour more, do they? George bungles the arts again

It makes sense to fund major arts companies and not small ones because the large ones do most of the touring, says Arts Minister George Brandis. Except that is blatantly false. Crikey arts writer Ben Eltham and Crikey intern Joely Mitchell crunch the numbers.

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What we will lose under Brandis’ arts cuts

Brandis says he will only fund “excellent” companies with a proven track record. But where do you think such companies get their talent from? Crikey intern Tahlia Higgins and writer-at-large Guy Rundle report.

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What the heck is ‘excellence’? Arts community tries govt in absentia

The opening hearing of a Senate Inquiry into the Arts portfolio discovered an industry bitterly opposed to George Brandis’ Excellence Program.

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Senate submission reveals full impact of Brandis’ raid on OzCo

The Australia Council’s submission to a Senate Inquiry reveals the scale of duning changes imposed by George Brandis’ Excellence program.

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THE ARTS |

What went wrong at Mess + Noise?

Mess + Noise covered all the music that the rest wouldn’t touch. Along the way, it provided an important early platform for some of Australia’s best music writers, writes former Mess + Noise contributor Annie Toller .

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MYRIAM ROBIN | THE ARTS |

Proof in the pudding? Sydney’s cookbook queen dethroned

Julie Gibbs, the curator of many beloved cookbooks, is leaving her position as publishing director of Lantern.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Barnesy working hard to make a living, but Reclaim Australia have done the right thing

Jimmy Barnes has not said he is suing Reclaim Australia for promoting an anti-tolerance message he abhors. But he still could.

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BEN ELTHAM | THE ARTS |

Exclusive: Brandis ‘completely flummoxed’ by his own OzCo changes

Struggling Arts Minister George Brandis has revealed he doesn’t actually understand the changes he’s made to the Australia Council. Additional reporting by Crikey intern Joely Mitchell.

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How not to win the Archibald Prize and influence people

Artist and Archibald Prize entrant Oscar Finch thought he had the perfect plan, but then …

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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Rundle: so you think you can effect political change? Stop holding dance-offs!

The arts community is up in arms about Brandis’ announced funding cuts. But it’s going about that protest all wrong. Here’s what would actually work.

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Apple leaves musicians up shit stream without a paddle

Will Apple Music be a game-changer for recording artists? Perhaps, but not in a good way, writes freelance journalist Gram Morris.

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BEN ELTHAM | THE ARTS |

Brandis adviser reveals secret ‘tantalising details’ of new arts slush fund

A private discussion with a key adviser to George Brandis has confirmed the Arts Minister’s real reasons for shifting funding away from the Australia Council.

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Billions at stake as Brandis smashes the arts sector

Crikey has obtained a list of the 145 arts organisations that will be affected by George Brandis’ funding cuts. Whole sectors are in trouble, with possibly billions of dollars and hundreds of jobs at stake.

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BEN ELTHAM | THE ARTS |

The 145 arts companies gutted by Brandis’ swingeing cuts

These are the arts companies that will lose out as a result of Brandis’ Arts Council cuts.

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Major arts companies throw little guys under the bus after Brandis’ shake-up

In the wake of Arts Minister George Brandis’ audacious shake-up of arts funding, the cultural sector is on the brink of civil war.

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Hansard hints at Brandis’ motives for defunding Australia Council

Arts Minister George Brandis’ new funding program smells a lot like a power grab, writes former director of the Australia Council’s music board Richard Letts.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Rundle: picking your own ‘winners’ is no way to fund the arts

After increasing ministerial oversight of arts funding, George Brandis now bears personal responsibility for every piece of terrible, biased and just plain dumb art that is commissioned.

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Art of the state: how govts sculpt your mind with fine propaganda

Historically, art and government propaganda have made for uncomfortable bedfellows. Nothing has changed, argues freelance writer James Rose.

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THE ARTS |

One gallery’s stranglehold on the Venice Biennale

Australian-born and Ireland-based artist John Kelly says our Venice Biennale art is all starting to look a bit familiar …

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Don’t ask, don’t tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

After a string of literary rejections, Murray Middleton wins one of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards — and isn’t allowed to tell anybody about it.

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What the art world will lose with Aboriginal community closures

Tony Abbott says Australia needs to stop subsidising the “lifestyle choices” of remote indigenous communities. Art writer and critic Susan McCulloch looks at what that would mean for Aboriginal art.

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Wesley Enoch: artists, get over yourselves and embrace the corporate sponsor

An artist does not need to agree with a sponsor’s politics or methods to accept money for a work.

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BEN NEUTZE | THE ARTS |

That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

What to do when “an extraordinary disappointment” in your review becomes “Extraordinary!” on the side of the theatre.

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