Ben Eltham September 6, 2017 2 Comments
A new arts lobby group will crunch cultural spending by federal electorate, and use focus groups to hone a pro-culture message, reports Ben Eltham. But will it work?
Ben Eltham August 1, 2017 2 Comments
Most artists earn below the minimum wage for their art. So how are they going to be able to afford a $700 Melbourne Festival ticket?
Ben Eltham March 10, 2017 3 Comments
Literary journal ABR advertised for a ‘gender fellowship’. But when the applications came in, none were deemed good enough.
Ben Eltham February 10, 2017 4 Comments
The government has taken another $9.2 million from the Australia Council, without any notice. The council decided at a board meeting to draw down $10 million from its own reserves.
Ben Eltham January 20, 2017 11 Comments
The problem with the "uni students are failing to graduate!" narrative is that it is a massive beat-up.
Ben Eltham December 9, 2016 2 Comments
An underground conference and a new think tank announcement from the top end of town show that Australian culture is starting to mobilise.
Ben Eltham October 26, 2016 6 Comments
The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.
Ben Eltham October 7, 2016 20 Comments
Senator James Paterson says the Australian government should sell Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. But it would mean selling more than a canvas.
Ben Eltham August 5, 2016 7 Comments
Why did George Brandis conduct the 2015 Excellence Raid? There is one very simple reason.
Ben Eltham June 7, 2016 4 Comments
The Australia Council’s funding cuts have hit grassroots organisations representing artists, particularly hard.