June 6, 2016 9 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.
May 23, 2016 7 Comments
The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.
May 12, 2016 2 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.
May 4, 2016 1 Comment
The significant level of austerity imposed on our cultural institutions was confirmed in last night's budget.
April 28, 2016 1 Comment
Artslink Queensland has gone into voluntary administration, leaving those artists and projects depending on the company in limbo.
April 18, 2016 1 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.
February 24, 2016 7 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.
February 10, 2016
Arts industry figures have been gobsmacked at just how much money is being distributed to a commercial gallery.
February 4, 2016 4 Comments
The University of Sydney has reduced the number of positions on its governing board. Is this a worrying trend of less democracy in education?
January 22, 2016 7 Comments
The top bureaucrat in the Arts Ministry and the boss of the Australia Council are at odds over Mitch Fifields’s Catalyst program. Who’s right?