Posted: March 14th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: ART | Tags: Arts Funding, Australian Landmark, Bangarra Dance Company, Belvoir Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre, Circus Oz, Malthouse Theatre, West Australian Ballet | Comments Off on Australian Government Announces FIRST Cultural Policy in Two Decades
Australia’s Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean says a multi-million-dollar culture policy is vital to support the nations creative sector which is at the “core of a modern economy”.
The Federal Government’s Creative Australia policy is the first cultural policy since former prime minister Paul Keating unveiled Creative Nation in 1994. In making the announcement at the National Press Club in Canberra, Mr Crean said the policy would strengthen, sustain and grow the economy.
The fund aims to support young people wanting to enter the arts sector and provide funding to existing performance arts companies. It also includes an update of the National Indigenous Languages Policy and $14 million over four years to develop community-driven language resources and activities.
The funding is reminiscent of Paul Keating’s Big Picture policy and includes $8.6 million for Partnerships Australia, $9.3 million for six major performing arts companies, including the Bangarra Dance Company, the Belvoir Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Circus Oz and the West Australian Ballet. $75.3 million will be put towards a restructure of the 40-year-old Australia Council :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 23rd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART | Tags: Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Artist, Deutscher and Hackett, Murray Tribe Warfare, National Museum of Australia, The National Historic Collection, Tommy McRae | Comments Off on National Museum of Australia Snaps-up Rare Aboriginal Art
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra has purchased two rare pen and ink drawings thought to have been created more than a century ago by an Aboriginal artist. ‘Buckley’s Escape’ drawn by Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae, depicts convict William Buckley escaping captivity to spend the next 32 years of his life with Aboriginal people. The Museum paid $AU65,000 for the drawing.
The National Museum of Australia scooped up the two 1890s drawings by Tommy McRae at Deutscher and Hackett’s Important Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Auction in Melbourne on April 4. The museum bid $AU20,000 for the second McRae drawing, Murray Tribe Warfare, which shows Aboriginal people fighting in northern Victoria. McRae lived in the Upper Murray, Victoria, where he made and sold books of drawings. He is one of only a few Aboriginal artists to depict life in 19th century Australia. Both McRae drawings had been held by the same NSW family since being bought directly from the artist in the 1890s :: Read the full article »»»»