Ben ElthamAug 5, 20167 Comments
Why did George Brandis conduct the 2015 Excellence Raid? There is one very simple reason.
Ben ElthamJun 7, 20164 Comments
The Australia Council’s funding cuts have hit grassroots organisations representing artists, particularly hard.
Ben ElthamJun 6, 20169 Comments
Labor's arts policy is largely a repair job, but Shorten's passion for it harks back to the grander visions of Labor greats like Gough Whitlam.
Ben ElthamMay 23, 20167 Comments
The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.
Ben ElthamMay 12, 20162 Comments
The Catalyst funding scheme has blown out its budget in one big hit, giving money to large organisations (which is against its remit). Meanwhile smaller organisations wait for Australia Council grants to be announced.
Ben ElthamMay 4, 20161 Comment
The significant level of austerity imposed on our cultural institutions was confirmed in last night's budget.
Ben ElthamApr 28, 20161 Comment
Artslink Queensland has gone into voluntary administration, leaving those artists and projects depending on the company in limbo.
Ben ElthamApr 18, 20161 Comment
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 ElthamFeb 24, 20167 Comments
Proponents of the lockout laws say they are keeping Sydneysiders safe. Opponents say they are killing a vital part of Australia's cultural scene. Unfortunately they are both right.
Ben ElthamFeb 10, 2016
Arts industry figures have been gobsmacked at just how much money is being distributed to a commercial gallery.