The staff of the Australia Council went out on strike yesterday. Were you stopped in the street by agitated artists in paint-spattered overalls? Did a thousand rehearsal rooms fall silent around the nation? Sadly no.
Given the penurious circumstances of most working artists in this country, it’s not surprising that the over-worked and under-paid arts officers in Surry Hills didn’t strike a chord with the rest of the creative workforce. But in fact, the Australia Council staff’s claims are valid -- with 20% of the workforce disappearing in recent budgets, OzCo staff are now struggling to adequately deliver essential services like grant assessments.