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.
Ben ElthamFeb 4, 20164 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?
Ben ElthamJan 22, 20167 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?
Ben ElthamDec 22, 20153 Comments
Numerous bad investment decisions ran Soundwave into the ground.
Ben ElthamDec 16, 20156 Comments
Arts copped a beating under Abbott, and Turnbull has continued that recent tradition.