Ben Eltham —

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator


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

December 9, 2016 2

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

The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.

James Paterson’s sledge of Pollock painting is jingoistic dog-whistling — and it’s wrong

October 7, 2016 20

Senator James Paterson says the Australian government should sell Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. But it would mean selling more than a canvas.

The real reason George Brandis took so much money out of the arts

August 5, 2016 7

Why did George Brandis conduct the 2015 Excellence Raid? There is one very simple reason.

Totally coincidentally, noisy critics of arts cuts miss out on funding

June 7, 2016 4

The Australia Council’s funding cuts have hit grassroots organisations representing artists, particularly hard.

Labor’s arts policy brings passion, vision to election — finally

June 6, 2016 9

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.

‘Devastating’ OzCo grants just the tip of the iceberg

May 23, 2016 7

The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.

Catalyst funding blows out by $12m as OzCo applicants sweat

May 12, 2016 2

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.

Turnbull govt leaves arts in a sling, locking in Abbott-era cuts

May 4, 2016 1

The significant level of austerity imposed on our cultural institutions was confirmed in last night's budget.

Qld arts company collapse leaves funding and projects in limbo

April 28, 2016 1

Artslink Queensland has gone into voluntary administration, leaving those artists and projects depending on the company in limbo.