From switching off our phones, to exposing non-paid artist fees, the burden of activism and how to be a better ally for diversity – these are the stories that captured your interest in 2019.
I love getting to the end of the year and looking back over the statistics to see what were the most read stories. It speaks of a cultural zeitgeist and points to the topics that, as a sector, you were most concerned about, passionate about, and curious about.
Here are ArtsHub's Top 20 stories for visual arts readers in 2019:
Top of this list as the most read story in 2019 was one that came out of REMIX Sydney, a paper given by Mindshare’s Creative Chief Creative Officer, Sam Turley on wellness as the new disruptor.
Kicking off the year, Create NSW launched a no-frills guide on how to successfully generate income as a small to medium arts organisation or creative practitioner. Clearly a need was answered, with readers ranking this one high.
NAVA Director Esther Anatolitis harshly criticised the NSW Minister for the Arts on political interference in funding decisions.
A one-on-one interview with Canadian-born transgender artist Cassils, during their time in Perth, where Cassils performed and presented a new body of work at PICA for Perth Festival.
The question says it all. Another opinion piece by NAVA Director Esther Anatolitis, charging punters to act and voice their thoughts on the Australia Council's next Strategic Plan.
A perennial on the list – the Archibald announcement always captures the interest of visual arts readers.
Reports are usually dull, but this one caught our readers' interest. In the wake of the 2019 Budget, one could be forgiven for missing the news that the long-awaited report, Telling Australia's story – and why it's important: Report on the inquiry into Canberra's national institution was tabled the following day in Parliament (3 April). In all, a total of 16 institutions were put under the bureaucratic microscope. And regardless of scale, the message of the Report was consistent: ‘The Committee was concerned that our institutions are not working together to communicate the shared importance of their telling of our national story.’
Writers Pilar Kasat and Veronica Pardo took a look at Diversity Arts Australia's seminal report, Shifting the Balance: Cultural Diversity in Leadership within the Australian Arts, Screen and Creative Sectors, released in September.
Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Sydney, Kim Wilson, discovered a red chalk drawing of the Madonna and Child on the back page of a 1497 copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy in the University of Sydney’s Rare Books collection.
Thirty two artists affected by the Ballarat Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) banded together to expose unpaid contracts.
Advice for the arts from top corporate brands Mercedes-Benz, Uber Eats, Four Pillars Gin and Culture Amp on embracing the unexpected to create a community – a conversation presented at Vivid Ideas.
Nothing comes easy, especially with the art of disability. Three international leaders talk about the burdens and wins of activism, visibility, failure and collaboration as pathways to greater inclusion. This discussion was presented at The Arts Activated 2019 Conference in August.
A disability-led panel took the pulse on aligning rhetoric and action when it comes to inclusivity and equality, in a discussion presented by SAMAG (Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group).
From mentorship to resilience, patience and power, Gen X women have learnt to navigate our male-dominated world for change – and Gen Y are listening.
This article took a look at one of the greatest hurdles today, recognising why we need to shift the conversation from disability access and awareness to disability-led and employment.
On the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this article explored why Australia's space race is caught in nostalgia, asked whether it’s responsible to glorify space advancement at the cost of society, and looked at how artists are shifting that conversation.
Australia’s cultural sector is under scaffolding as it faces a building boom. During the year ArtsHub took a look at galleries and museums as they rebuild – but it was those new museums that really caught the eye of our readers.
ArtsHub spoke with six curators on the merits of painting gallery walls to heighten audience engagement, build narrative or just make the artworks pop.
In a Vivid Ideas panel this year, Indigenous professionals discussed what First Nations leadership looks like, and why it might offer a more viable model for bringing authority to an Indigenous-led arts centre. Sydney Festival Director and Noonuccal Nuugi man, Wesley Enoch, believes we are facing a tipping point globally. ‘Most structures in North America, Europe and here in Australia, the centre is being vacated, and for those of us who have lived on the fringes for so long, we have the skills to now populate the centre.’
We all decry how little time we have today, how all-consuming our lives have become. The question is, what role do we play in fueling that insanity? Author Sebastian Smee, musician Holly Throsby and tech psychologist Jocelyn Brewer came together for the second annual Mark Colvin Conversation to discuss how we need to switch off in order to embrace our inner lives.