Apr 18, 2016

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

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.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Crikey received an interesting media release last week. It was from well-heeled public art philanthropist John Kaldor (of Kaldor Public Art Projects), spruiking a grand new public art installation planned for Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Created by indigenous artist Jonathan Jones, the project is billed as “a vast sculptural installation across 20,000 square metres of the garden incorporating a native kangaroo grassland and thousands of ceramic shields”. The project, entitled Your Very Good Idea, is the winner of a competition held by Kaldor Projects last year.


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  1. shea mcduff

    This is my memory of listening whilst driving to a part of the Book and Arts show on ABC RN a couple of days ago:
    Apparently Catalyst has given an unusually large grant to a body to refurbish Hans Heysen’s house in the Adelaide hills. Its unusual because of the large sum involved, that money for such is available from more relevant sources [heritage for example] and, most significantly, it was as a result of lobbying by Cory Bernardi [Lib Senator SA] and Jamie Briggs [Lib MP SA].

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