I was recently bailed up by a man working in a state government, bemoaning that Australia’s wealthiest people are not giving enough to the arts. “Why should they?” I asked him.Read More
Congratulations to Sydney Conservatorium jazz lecturer Judy Bailey whose outstanding contribution to music in Australia has been acknowledged by the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award. Presenting the award, Professor Gary McPherson, Ormond Chair and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, said “Judy’s contribution to music is profound, and her career as one of the country’s preeminent jazz musicians has influenced generations of musicians throughout Australia.” Judy is recognised as one of Australia’s most distinguished jazz composers and music educators. Her previous recognitions include an inaugural APRA Award for jazz composition and an OAM for services to music and education. Judy was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014.
Congratualtions to Monash Professor Cat Hope who was one of the 63% of female artists who received a grant from the Australia Council in its recently announced awards. The latest round of over 200 grants awarded includes a significant number of awards made to female artists, particularly within the music category where 73% of all grants announced were made to female applicants. The funding results follow on from last year’s report Making Art Work which revealed a substantial pay gap for women in the arts. The report is available at: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/research/making-art-work/
The Australian Government is inviting input into its new Arts and Disability Strategy. The consultation period is open until 3 December 2018. The discussion paper and details on how to contribute to the new strategy is available at: https://www.arts.gov.au/have-your-say/national-arts-and-disability-strategy
Offering a tax-exempt twelve-month stipend of US$50,000, international institution fees for an academic year, return airfares, insurances and assurances of exposure and professional connection, a Samstag Scholarship is often labelled a ‘golden passport to success’ in Australian art circles. Undoubtedly, in the 25 years since its inception, 140 Australian visual artists have benefited from this generous philanthropic bequest - many becoming household names.Read More
Event date: Opens 29 November 6-9pm. Exhibition runs from Friday, 30 November-Thursday, 6 December.
Event location: Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley Campus, Perth, Western Australia.
Event website: http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/arts-and-humanities/graduate-shows/artshum-2018
The School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University at Mt Lawley campus in Perth will transform studios to exhibit installations and works from graduating students from Visual Arts, Fashion, Graphic Design, Film and Video, Animation, Photomedia, Environmental and Spatial Design, Games and Interactivity, Broadcasting, Journalism, the WA Screen Academy, Advertising, and Writing.
Penny Griggs has been announced as the new CEO of Adelaide Central School of Art, Australia’s only private, not-for-profit independent art school. Griggs, formerly CEO at SALA (South Australia Living Artists) Festival, will take over from outgoing CEO Ingrid Kellenbach in November.
Ausdance National welcomes Kathy Baykitch as their new Executive Director. Ms Baykitch, a recent board member of Ausdance, has previously held positions at Shaun Parker & Company, the Royal Academy of Dance, Australia, and was founding Director of FORM Dance Projects, formerly Western Sydney Dance Action. She will commence on 8 October 2018.
Every year Australian university art museums (UAMs) are enriched by the generosity of individuals and philanthropic bodies who share a passion for the visual arts. This includes giving in the form of cultural gifts, cash donations, bequests and endowments that are critical to the development of university collections, art museum programs and facilities.Read More
In 2014 Paula Kinnane made an $8 million gift to the University of Queensland. 50% of the donor’s contribution was made to create an endowment for the UQ Art Museum and an equal amount was given to create an endowment for the UQ School of Music. It is estimated that together these two endowments constitute the largest private gift to the arts in the history of Queensland.Read More