Talking to politicians about art

Advice from business leaders on asking governments for money, embedding culture in the political agenda, and getting the language right when you come to the table.

Political journalist and facilitator Gabrielle Chan began a recent conversation at the Creative Regions National Summit in Canberra by quoting award-winning critic and writer Alison Croggon:

‘One of the ways we cope with the complexities of contemporary life is to silo issues, but it’s also how connections become invisible; we cease to see how the large patterns and the small reflect and influence one another.’ (The Monthly, 2019).

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina