ArtsPeak executive put advocacy work on hold

The confederation of Australia's peak arts organisations has temporarily suspended activities, citing changes to the advocacy landscape.

Minister for the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield addresses an ArtsPeak gathering. Photo credit: Norm Horton.

Changes to the arts advocacy landscape, including the creation of the New Approach project funded by the Myer, Tim Fairfax and Keir Foundations, have resulted in the Executive of ArtsPeak – the confederation of Australia’s peak arts organisations – placing the organisation’s activities temporarily on hold.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts