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Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator


Bullish film industry ignores looming threats at Screen Forever

November 17, 2017 4 Comments

Things are looking up for the Australian screen industry, writes Ben Eltham. So why is everyone so nervous?

Patrons object to Australia Council’s new Venice Biennale transparency measures

November 2, 2017 1 Comment

Why are wealthy philanthropists upset about changes to Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale? Maybe because they can no longer run their own show.

Should the Sydney Theatre Company keep Ian Narev on its board?

November 1, 2017 3 Comments

The Commonwealth Bank’s Ian Narev may not be too popular with regulators or investors, writes Ben Eltham. But Narev retains the confidence of one key group: board members of the Sydney Theatre Company.

Arts sector pulls out the big guns to fight the culture war

Arts sector pulls out the big guns to fight the culture war

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?

Can an actual artist afford to go to the Melbourne Festival?

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?

Not a single female author in Australia worthy of ABR’s gender fellowship

March 10, 2017 3 Comments

Literary journal ABR advertised for a ‘gender fellowship’. But when the applications came in, none were deemed good enough.

Another $9m secretly slashed from Australia Council

Another $9m secretly slashed from Australia Council

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.

Uni students are dropping out at scandalous rates? Not so fast.

January 20, 2017 11 Comments

The problem with the "uni students are failing to graduate!" narrative is that it is a massive beat-up.

Aussie arts sector to get a new think tank, but is that a good thing?

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.

Govt wants to prop up opera while small arts companies sing the blues

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.