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A luminous inflatable statue of a contemplative male figures floats on a river at sunset. The sunset is reflected in the water and dark trees line the banks.

David Walsh pulls the plug on summer festival Mona Foma

The festival’s most recent edition was ‘a poorly attended artistic triumph,’ according to Mona owner and founder David Walsh.

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Castlemaine State Festival enters voluntary administration

After suffering heavy losses in 2023, the future of the long-running regional arts festival is currently unknown.

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Australia's first environmental art gallery under construction in Halls Gap

The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia received state government funding for a new precinct.

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This week's arts news and trending topics

We break it – you read it. This week's top arts news stories.

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Opportunities and awards

Creative Arts Fellowship open for entries, NSW grants available, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clowns winner!

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The rise of global arts precincts

Melbourne Arts Precinct was presented to global audiences, alongside four other significant developments, at the Hong Kong International Cultural Summit.

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New philanthropy models bringing in much needed funding

Which new philanthropic arts initiatives are making high-value contributions to independent arts projects?


Mapping uncharted waters: getting to grips with AI in the creative industries

Presented by AFTRS, the 2024 Digital Futures Summit: AI and the Creative Horizon is a free online forum exploring the…

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Opportunities and awards

Call-outs aplenty, plus winners of the Indie Book Awards, and more!

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Learning to play well: Sydney Opera House Play Award

With a prize worth $10,000, Sydney Opera House’s new Award is more than child’s play.

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