Many (if not most) of us are part of the hugely messy and even more misunderstood space that is not-for-profit governance in Australia.
We report to boards, or report to people who report to boards. We apply to the organisations they oversee for our jobs, grants and opportunities. We are board members ourselves.
But this governance model is broken. Even when they’re working well, our boards are usually much harder work than either board members or staff members would like. And good boards can become bad boards in the space of one AGM.
Continue reading “Resetting our arts boards”
A new report from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Institute of Community Directors (ICDA) and Our Community has shone the spotlight on arts governance in Australia.
Continue reading “Changing the culture of arts governance”
Australia’s arts boards are broken. The very ground on which our arts organisations and institutions are built is unpredictable, unsteady and (increasingly) unsafe.
Continue reading “The art of governance”
If you could do one thing to ‘fix’ Australia’s literary sector, what would it be? When recently asked to recommend a high-impact, culture-shifting initiative, I found myself flummoxed. More funding? More support? More, um, of the above?
Continue reading “All hole and no plot: fixing Australia’s literary sector”
COVID-19 is the single biggest disruption to Australia’s cultural life in generations. But none of the Australian Government’s stimulus commitments thus far have addressed the arts, cultural or creative industries. Continue reading “Call for urgent arts industry stimulus”
Members of South Australia’s creative industries are being encouraged to have their say on the State’s new Creative Industries Sector Strategy: a 10 year plan to support the growth of the creative industries in South Australia. Continue reading “Growth State: a (draft) response”
It was a great privilege to nominate NT artist Dion Beasley for the inaugural National Arts and Disability Awards. So I was thrilled to learn that the Australia Council for the Arts awarded Dion with the inaugural award for an emerging artist in Canberra yesterday evening. Continue reading “Celebrating Dion Beasley”
There are a number of different ways of thinking and talking about disability. This document provides some historical context and resources around some of the more commonly used disability models and language. Continue reading “RESOURCE: Disability models and language”
The words we use to describe ourselves, our work and our communities can be personal, political, and can change over time. The arts sector is often at the forefront of this change. Continue reading “RESOURCE: Best practice arts language”