Richard Flanagan damns arts-uninterested politicians

Saying that we are 'fearful of dreaming large about what we are as a people', Richard Flanagan blasted our politicians and the limiting culture they have created.
Headshot of author Richard Flanagan

‘There’s no interest in having a national collection of art,’ said writer Richard Flanagan. ‘There’s no interest in people who would seek to dream anew what this country might be. You see the constant punishing of people who seek to question, to ask different ideas.’

Flanagan was speaking to a packed Adelaide Writers Week (AWW) crowd in his session, Holding the Hose, a wide-ranging interview chaired by former ABC journalist Kerry O’Brien.

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George Dunford was Director of Content at ArtsHub, Screenhub and GamesHub (2019-2022). He has also written for Meanjin, The Big Issue, Lonely Planet, The Good Food Guide and others. He has worked in digital leadership roles in the cultural sector for more than 10 years including at the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Wheeler Centre. He is currently employed by Museums Victoria and is a mentor in the CEO Digital Mentorship program working with Back to Back and Desart. You can follow him on Twitter: @Hack_packer