The merger of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in Ireland to create a university of creative arts is one of the recommendations of a report on the future of Irish arts education. The proposal is currently being discussed within the two institutions and the report, presumably with responses to this proposal alongside its other recommendations, is expected to be made public later this year.
The 2017 plenary meeting of IETM, the International network for contemporary performing arts, met in Bucharest in April to consider the current position of artists in cultural policies.
In 1980, UNESCO adopted a recommendation to protect the rights of artists to establish unions and professional associations and for these associations to inform cultural, employment and professional training policies. The same recommendation expressed the principles of freedom of creative expression and a public right of access to art.
Thirty seven years on, the IETM plenary asked : “Is it possible to construct a legal framework which would scaffold and protect the inalienable rights of the professional artist?”
Considering this question they compared cultural policy development in Australia, Romania and Nova Scotia, arguing that artists need to take a more confident advocacy approach if their UNESCO rights are to be protected.
The Plenary report is available at: https://www.ietm.org/en/system/files/publications/the_art_of_drafting_cultural_policies_final.pd
ANU Masters graduate sculptor Anton Poon, whose work is included Drill Hall Gallery collection and featured in the Sculpture in the Paddock awards, has been caught up in the recent changes to the 457 visa categories. Following the removal of the profession of "sculptor" from key occupations lists, Mr Poon, who is currently completing an artist residency at Canberra Grammar School cannot apply to remain in Australia and now faces a forced return to Hong Kong when his current working holiday (417) visa expires this year. Speaking in the Canberra Times, Mr Poon said: “I've already completed a skills assessment as a sculptor and met all the conditions, and I was preparing to lodge a full application this week, but now I don't know what I'll do"
Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski has announced the successful applicants for the 2017/18 Australia Council’s international residency awards. Twenty-one creative writers, visual and performing artists across Australia will undertake residencies in a range of global locations including: Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin); Omi International Arts Centre (New York); Nashville Songwriters’ Residency (Nashville); Keesing Studio (Paris),: Helsinki International Artist Programme (Helsinki); Cité International des Arts Studio (Paris); BR Whiting (Rome); and ACME (London). A 2015 Council review of the residency program reported that two-thirds of artists created new work during their residency and a similar proportion had increased their public profile.