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Time to have your say on arts in the ACT.

By johnboy 4 August 2010 29

[First filed: Aug 3, 2010 @ 11:09]

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Jon Stanhope has announced the release of the Loxton review of arts in the ACT (with an intriguingly low-key cover for an arts report).

It’s a whopper at 189 pages and lacks bullet points to simply summarise, even the Executive Summary and Recommendations sections run to many pages.

The report recommends major restructuring of that way arts works in the ACT, so anyone with an interest is advised to get their heads around it and comment.

Submissions close 29 October 2010. Details are available online.

UPDATE:The Canberra Times has had a chance to dig through the detail and summarises thusly:

The Cultural Facilities Corporation would be dismantled, the Canberra Theatre Centre would operate as an independent entity and the shrinking Multicultural Festival would be restored as a professionally curated event.

These are among 114 recommendations made in the Loxton Arts Report issued for public comment yesterday.

The review by Sydney consulting company Peter Loxton and Associates, which was commissioned in September last year, also calls on the ACT Government to provide ”clear policy direction on the arts” and recommends cutting red tape and streamlining funding processes.

It suggests that despite some public concerns the Public Art Program be continued with a ”clearer policy on selection and placement”.

CFC Chair Don Aitkin has described the report as “disappointing”.

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Mr Evil 10:31 pm 04 Aug 10

Maybe the big tobacco companies should start funding the arts?

“Tonight’s presentation of Othello is brought to you by Winfield Red – look for the plain white box locked in a lead lined safe at your local supermarket”.

justin heywood 7:37 pm 04 Aug 10

NeedHelp said :

just checked out the Peter Loxton website.

And boy, does that website need an editor!

Jim Jones 7:37 pm 04 Aug 10

Pommy bastard said :

Jim, if would they cease to exist, would it not be because they are not valued enough for people to support them?

Or would new models of supporting them not be found?

Art forms such as opera, classical music, ballet and arts festivals are extremely expensive to produce. Without government assistance, they would cease to exist. Are you saying that these sorts of art forms deserve to disappear from Australia because they don’t make a lot of money?

Is money the only form of value you acknowledge?

NeedHelp 6:36 pm 04 Aug 10

just checked out the Peter Loxton website.

This guy has had more short-term jobs than Frank Spencer.

NeedHelp 6:32 pm 04 Aug 10

Am I seeing things? 6.1.3 is used more than once, as is 6.1.4, but I could be drunk.

Numbering in this report is highly confusing. For example, where they have put 6.1.3, the sub-paragraphs should be lettered, eg (a) and (b), not numbered with 1. and 2. all over again.

Loxton are no experts in producing reports. It’s an utter mess.

TheObserver 6:14 pm 04 Aug 10

How much did they pay this mob to collect a bunch of data that any perusal of this forum, BMA etc was already out there and to come up with the same conclusions that the local luminaries of the arts scene have been saying for years? Superb example of consultancy capitialism. You give them a couple of hundred grand and your watch. Then they tell you the time.

Pommy bastard 4:52 pm 04 Aug 10

Jim Jones said :

Ballet, opera, classical music, national galleries and state galleries or arts festivals, writers festivals, are all dependent upon government funding. Without it, they would cease to exist.

I don’t *think* so. I *know* so.

The figures of arts funding in Australia are all available from the ARC, or you could see the policy work written by Jennifer Craik – freely available here: – which not only details how these are all dependent upon government funding, but also gives a good introduction to the jostling for funding.

Jim, if would they cease to exist, would it not be because they are not valued enough for people to support them?

Or would new models of supporting them not be found?

If your “Dio” tribute night was not financially viable, would it have got arts grants?

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Presumably the thorough debunking I provided, showing that ‘Indigenous specific’ isn’t ‘Indigenous extra’, wasn’t your concern either.

How simple life must be when you can plod along with blinkers on, and when something that might upset your narrow world view gets right in front of your face, you can just close your eyes and pretend you never saw it.

Your “debunking” consisted of the racist assumption that all aboriginal people would need to take up the aboriginal specific funding available, (thus assuming that no aboriginal person earns enough to do without or is self sufficient enough to do without extra government support) and therefore it would be spread thinly.
smoke and mirrors financial juggling to try and score points rather than address the issue of why so many young aboriginal men end up in the justice system.

You also ignored the more forthright views on aboriginals put forward by others, but homed in on my questions, is that another example of your racism, are you anti English as well?

In fact yo have offered nothing but unsubstantiated, uncorroborated, anecdotal views, and none of them have been on the topic at hand.

Can we now return this topic to arts funding, or do yo want to ruin this thread?

jackal 3:35 pm 04 Aug 10

Ballet? Is that the bear in the little car?

sepi 3:10 pm 04 Aug 10

Actually it makes perfect sense that someone with such a Black and White view of the world would see now need for art and culture.

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