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Creative jobs: maybe that arts degree isn’t so useless after all

Worried about a career in the arts? It’s not as bad as you may think. Journalists and printers may be on the scrap heap, but there are more artists employed than ever according to new data.

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In a world of art, advancing Australia’s fairs

As Australia’s largest art fair opens next week in Melbourne, Crikey examines the growing importance of art fairs in an increasingly global art market. Australia is emerging as a player.

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Do the arts need to dry out? An addictive cultural cocktail

If you drink and make art … It’s time for artists and the industry broadly to have a mature conversation about alcohol in our industry.

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Outsourcing the arts at Aunty: the problem with commissioning

ABC TV’s flagship program Art Nation has been axed and 15 people have also been reportedly offered redundancies. So what does that mean for arts programming, asks Nicholas Pickard?

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Crean gets to work on Labor’s cultural fabric

Some broad outlines of Labor’s National Cultural Policy are beginning to finally emerge. But arts minister Simon Crean faces some big questions from industry and artists.

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The plan to provoke a profound shake-up to the arts

A new report from the Australia Council has big implications for Australian cultural policy, says Ben Eltham. Its conclusions imply a profound shake-up in the current status quo.

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Cate Blanchett: Arts is far more than just an industry

There is a growing demand for the arts industry to ‘prove’ itself, with KPIs and profitability charts. We’ve proved ourselves. Now let’s stop thinkings of arts as a business, when its power is far beyond that, writes actress Cate Blanchett.

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National Times | ART & DESIGN|

Arty farts in uproar: culture isn’t just in the eye of the benefactor

Art gallery directors are begging, pleading and quitting over the lack of funding being made by state governments to their state cultural institutions. With funds drying up and art seen as charity, we’re becoming a second-rate culture, writes John McDonald.

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Does Garrett have competition for the Arts job?

An ALP insider has told Crikey that Bob McMullan is likely to be the new Arts Minister under a Rudd Labor Government. What would he be like? wonders Nicholas Pickard.

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