People & Ideas

Apr 20, 2012

Emerging early risers and the arts are often strange bedfellows

The debate about the value of programs for "emerging artists" has obscured the bigger problem of the insecurity of an artistic career.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

At the start of April at Arts Hub, Paul Isbel took on the thorny issue of emerging artists. He didn’t mince words:

“Imagine. You’re anaesthetised on the operating table, on the cusp of unconsciousness, when in walks all scrubbed up an emerging surgeon. Your last thought before you slip into a deep, dark sleep is ‘but … but … wait’ …”

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5 thoughts on “Emerging early risers and the arts are often strange bedfellows

  1. Meski

    Artists, tell me quickly why the taxpayer should be supporting you. If you become successful, you’ll be self-supporting (book/art etc sales) Do you really want to imitate the car industry?

  2. ML G

    Enlighten us as to how cars and cultural production are in any way comparable or equivalent?

  3. ML G

    Btw, thanks to Ben Eltham for an excellent article.

  4. Meski

    Both are parasites on the taxpayer? Well, you asked.

  5. Coy Peta

    Parasites? Meski you clearly have no idea about the importance of culture in the growth of a society.

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