This week’s arts news and trending topics

What's in the headlines and the arts news that people are discussing this week.

What caught our readers’ attention this past week? The impact free arts studios could have on the sector, stripping off in the name of art, the paintings that illustrate a class action, and more: these are the news stories that have caught your eye:

A new era shaped by artists’ studio needs

What 350 free artist studios mean for the future of Australia’s arts ecology. ArtsHub speaks with Artspace directors.

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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