Ben Eltham —

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator


In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

February 23, 2018

The inaugural director of Australia’s new arts and culture think tank has her work cut out for her.

MYEFO shell game liberates $5.4 million from arts funding

December 19, 2017 3

The federal government has sprung yet another surprise funding raid on the Australia Council, writes Ben Eltham.

Bullish film industry ignores looming threats at Screen Forever

November 17, 2017 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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