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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”.

What’s Your opinion?


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29 Responses to
Time to have your say on arts in the ACT.
Pommy bastard 2:29 pm 04 Aug 10

As well as the fact that I have never stated that “positive discrimination (that) causes Aboriginals to commit more crimes,”, your inability to read what evidence I have already given (total spending on Indigenous-specific programs was $3.3 billion) isn’t really my concern, so why should I be bothered?

Try and keep your lies invective to the relevant thread, you may get more lucky there.

colourful sydney rac 2:13 pm 04 Aug 10

Pommy bastard said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Sick of bashing Aboriginals and need someone else to move on to?

Sick of coming up with unsubstantiated lies slurs, and need to spread the lies disharmony into unrelated discussions?
quote]

Not at all – just got sick of waiting on the other thread for you to tell me about all the positive discrimination that causes Aboriginals to commit more crimes.

Pommy bastard 1:35 pm 04 Aug 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Sick of bashing Aboriginals and need someone else to move on to?

Sick of coming up with unsubstantiated lies slurs, and need to spread the lies disharmony into unrelated discussions?

Jim Jones said :

So, what? No more ballet, opera, classical music, National Galleries or State Galleries, arts festivals, writers festivals, etc.

There will still be plenty of television for everyone to watch I suppose.

Do you really think they would cease to exist Jim? I don’t.

georgesgenitals 1:17 pm 04 Aug 10

Jim Jones said :

Pommy bastard said :

The arts scene should be treated like any other minority hobby, and be self funding…

So, what? No more ballet, opera, classical music, National Galleries or State Galleries, arts festivals, writers festivals, etc.

There will still be plenty of television for everyone to watch I suppose.

TV can sell advertising space far more effectively than those other silly things you listed.

Jim Jones 12:34 pm 04 Aug 10

Pommy bastard said :

The arts scene should be treated like any other minority hobby, and be self funding…

So, what? No more ballet, opera, classical music, National Galleries or State Galleries, arts festivals, writers festivals, etc.

There will still be plenty of television for everyone to watch I suppose.

colourful sydney rac 12:24 pm 04 Aug 10

Pommy bastard said :

The arts scene should be treated like any other minority hobby, and be self funding…

Sick of bashing Aboriginals and need someone else to move on to?

Pommy bastard 12:17 pm 04 Aug 10

The arts scene should be treated like any other minority hobby, and be self funding…

Buzz2600 11:29 am 04 Aug 10

I encourage everyone to submit a comment on the report and the importance of art in the ACT. Canberra should be a great place for artistic endeavour but as with the demise of the fringe festival, stanhope will keep dishing out sanitised static art at the expense of anything risque or out there! Come on people, lets get creative!

S4anta 11:28 am 04 Aug 10

@kgit,

Head here, and click the link under stage two.

I-filed 7:56 pm 03 Aug 10

And why have “Indigenous arts” as a category sharing a header and topic with “disability” – as though being Indigenous is a disability?

I-filed 7:14 pm 03 Aug 10

Inconsiderate, uncaring and incompetent – where is the HTML version?

kgit 6:25 pm 03 Aug 10

Does anyone have a working link to this online?

The one I’m following http://www.arts.act.gov.au/pages/images/Final%20Report%20by%20Peter%20Loxton.pdf is not….

trevar 1:51 pm 03 Aug 10

JessicaNumber, the ACT Arts scene is neglected, but that’s not why the experts were imported. Having someone from outside depletes the risk of self-interested parties hijacking the research for their own interests, which is a higher risk here than it is in most of Australia because of our small population.

JessicaNumber 11:58 am 03 Aug 10

Why does it take Sydney consultants to report on arts in the ACT? Have we been neglecting arts for so long that we don’t have any experts left?

amaher15 11:56 am 03 Aug 10

Typographically, this document is the worst.

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