Commentary

Remember the arts? Departments and budgets disappear as politics backs culture into a dead end

We care less about the arts when there is less to care about. The government of the day has backed Australian arts and culture into a corner and it must start telling its story better to survive.
Audio interview

How do we decide the value of art?

How do we decide the value of art? And who is best equipped to do so?
Commentary

Beyond bulldust, benchmarks and numbers: what matters in Australian culture

When did culture become a number? When did the books, paintings, poems, plays, songs, films, games, art installations, clothes, and all the myriad objects that fill our lives and which we consider cultural, become a matter of statistical measurement?
Commentary

The Australia Council must hold firm on ‘arm’s length’ funding

Things to remember if you are a federal minister for the arts: In arts policy, as in the arts, how you do things matters as much as what you do. Good ideas become bad ideas if your tone is wrong or you aim at the...
Conference paper

Does culture need explaining?

This keynote paper focuses on the relationship between the idea of culture and the different ways it is talked about in the contemporary world.