David's Latest Articles
‘Performing’ climate leadership
David Pledger has withdrawn his application to join the Australia Council for the Arts' Creative Climate Leadership program and explains…
NYID has always been an artistically bold arts company, but is it ready for an avatar to become the boss?
40,000 artists’ votes up for grabs!
On the eve of the election, David Pledger argues that artists should vote for policies that look to their most…
Arts funding in an interconnected ecology
A local council decision to cut funding echoes Federal Government’s ongoing slashing of the arts, according to David Pledger.
How art intervenes in an emergency
An artistic inquiry into disaster preparedness is in its last days and David Pledger thinks it has much to tell…
The Time to Tell
As media cycles and social media mix the messages of our times, David Pledger argues that artists have a unique…
The case for a Universal Basic Income: freeing artists from neo-liberalism
The misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all.
The sector’s governance is broken and the values underwriting it are morally bankrupt, argues David Pledger. A radical reshaping of…
Some solutions to the world of the disappearing arts
With the Arts disappearing as a Federal Government department title, David Pledger looks around the world to see how other…
The arts funding drought
Consistent financial discrimination funnels arts money into richer companies, leaving independent artists gasping for air.