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Working on the edge

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Recently I was among a group of people gathered in Jaara Country, the land of the members and Elders of the Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung community, to open an exhibition by Ash Keating, The West Park Proposition, at the Latrobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo....

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Regional creativity crucial to cultural growth

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“I see the artist as central to us as a nation,” the former Arts Minister Simon Crean had said on launching the National Cultural Policy, “and to securing its future.” Will Australia’s next arts minister share this vision? Artists compel us all to open our minds to more confident,...

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National Cultural Policy: new questions

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The National Cultural Policy Creative Australia is an important milestone for Australia. Several years in the making, its development has been the work of an enormous number of people who have given it creative, scholarly, consultative, financial and political attentions. It’s a rare and important thing that this much...

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On the road for Small Town Transformations

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“How can art transform your town?” is a question that’s inspiring communities all across our state right now. It began as Regional Arts Victoria’s provocation for the Small Town Transformations initiative, but as our recent road trip showed us, it’s inspired a lot more than expressions of interest for...

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How can art transform your town?

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What if art could transform your town? How would you start? What artform would you choose? Who would you collaborate with, and how would you do it? What if you had $350,000 to spend over a year developing and presenting an artistic project that would bring people together and...

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Uncurated spaces for uncurated communities

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“This is a very special occasion. Welcome back to Hamer Hall,” said Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu on the occasion of that great hall’s reopening in July. “More importantly, in the spirit of that magnificent project undertaken last year by Regional Arts Victoria, which celebrated in almost every regional town...

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