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For many in the arts, 2016 was spent coping with the outcomes of previous years of slashing and burning, but there was a little light on the horizon.
Opinions & Analysis
We salute the lives and careers of the artists who took their final curtain call in 2016.
The increasing pressure on arts organisations to make money has spawned new kinds of events - and new words to describe them.
As technology improves the quality of reproduction, the old values are being newly debated.
A trick played on audiences at a current show prompts a high stakes argument about arts, kids and equity.
Other countries use regional theatre as a staging post or experimental crucible but Australia is so obsessed with the majors it ignores the opportunities of the bush.
The serendipity of hearing something unexpected, which happens on radio but not in a self-curated podcast ecology, is crucial if we are to counter the echo chambers that arguably contributed to the rise of Donald Trump.
Streaming, live performance, merchandising and teaching are combining to give musicians improved incomes despite the challenges of new technology.
Cutting $200 million from the arts in Australia and diverting much of the remaining to "high arts" such as ballet and opera is a political act which supports the oppression of people of colour.
In difficult times, artists have more power than we think to influence the direction of politics and society.
Enlightened universities are now embedding the principles of design and creativity into their business schools, as businesses recognise the value of arts education.
The claim that regional venues support touring ahead of local artists is ill-informed and provocative.
The recent National Opera Review concentrated on the big fish - but innovation is often found with independent artists.
Conflict over the roles of the Australia Council and the Ministry don't address the real policy failures so #freethearts is taking on a bigger policy agenda as Arts Front.
If planned changes go ahead it will be almost impossible to become a silver, glass or ceramic artist in NSW.
President Trump is not the outcome of voters' dispassionate assessment of self-interest. The arts and humanities teach us that is not how people work.
Imagine if regional presenters cared half as much for the artists who live in their own towns as they do for bringing in the money-spinning touring works.
The winner of the PM's literary awards is a novel that attacks the incarceration and abasement of vulnerable human beings.
Australia's art critics are mostly obsolete old fogies, gushing insiders or fence-sitting press-release summarisers.
Closing the Gap shouldn't mean bringing Aboriginal Australians to some white standard but bringing all Australians to an understanding of Indigenous culture.
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