Journal article

The continuing saga around arts funding and the cultural wars in Australia

J CAUST

International Journal of Cultural Policy | Routledge | Published : 2017

Abstract

Cultural policy, and arts funding in particular, has been a site of much contention and discussion in Australia over the past decade. The events of the past two years took this to another level showing major ideological schisms in the present political approach. While the established arts sector was protected and consolidated, the emerging sector, individual artists, and small organisations were all negatively affected. The policy changes demonstrate the implicit challenges of direct political intervention in arts funding. What this period highlights also though is the vulnerability of artists and the philosophical contradictions around the nature of arts funding.

University of Melbourne Researchers