May 11, 2018 5
That champions of universal basic income think the lives of artists — or any workers — would flourish under UBI shows that they are out of touch with the wealth systems they are trying to disrupt.
February 23, 2018
The inaugural director of Australia’s new arts and culture think tank has her work cut out for her.
December 19, 2017 3
The federal government has sprung yet another surprise funding raid on the Australia Council, writes Ben Eltham.
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.
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?
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.
October 7, 2016 12
As Attorney-General, George Brandis has presided over a long series of bungles.
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.
May 23, 2016 7
The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.
May 13, 2016 2
All arts companies, all artists and all audiences are the losers today as each is dependent on the other to build a creative nation -- and economy.
May 4, 2016 1
The significant level of austerity imposed on our cultural institutions was confirmed in last night's budget.
May 3, 2016 1
Apparently funding a museum about cars in video games is ok, though.
April 28, 2016 1
Artslink Queensland has gone into voluntary administration, leaving those artists and projects depending on the company in limbo.
February 10, 2016
Arts industry figures have been gobsmacked at just how much money is being distributed to a commercial gallery.
November 23, 2015
Crikey readers discuss consumerism and other issues of the day.
September 18, 2015 2
New data released by the Australia Council reveals that large performing arts companies are highly inefficient, writes Ben Eltham.
September 3, 2015 1
A group of literature organisations has written an open letter to Arts Minister George Brandis, claiming they have been shut out of consultations for an books industry council announced last year.
August 26, 2015 5
Ben Eltham uninvited from Brandis event ... TPGificiation of iiNet has begun ...
August 21, 2015
Crikey readers discuss funding cuts and other issues of the day.
August 6, 2015 3
The opening hearing of a Senate Inquiry into the Arts portfolio discovered an industry bitterly opposed to George Brandis’ Excellence Program.