When passion causes more harm than good

How rethinking passion can help arts workers address structural issues and reshape the nature of arts work for the better.

During the launch of the new National Cultural Policy (NCP) ‘Revive‘ several speakers commended arts workers’ passion, as well as each other’s.

Josh Burns, the Federal MP for Macnamara, said that, for arts workers in his electorate, ‘it’s not just a job, it’s a passion’. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, described how he gave Tony Burke the arts portfolio because of his immense passion for the arts.

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Grace Ellen Macpherson is a journalist, freelance writer, and cultural agent based on Cadigal land. She holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management, and a Master of Theatre (Dramaturgy) from the University of Melbourne. She currently works at FBi Radio, and as an Editorial Assistant at The Daily Telegraph. Find her on LinkedIn @Grace Ellen Macpherson.