Childers Group Arts Forum Friday November 1st : Sustainable Arts Practice : Creativity and Business

27 Aug

Childers Group and Cultural Facilities Corporation Arts Forum

Friday, 1 November 2019, 3.30pm – 5.30pm : Drinks, 5.30pm-6.30pm


Theatrette @ the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), London Circuit, Civic

Cost : $15.00 Tickets at Eventbrite :

Join the Childers Group (with support from the Cultural Facilities Corporation), Professor David Throsby and a local panel that includes novelist Nigel Featherstone; theatre maker and musician Chrissie Shaw; contemporary Indigenous artist Krystal Hurst and dance artist and choreographer Alison Plevey. The forum will be moderated by CFC Board member Genevieve Jacobs. We will try and answer some important questions:

What does a sustainable arts practice mean/look like to our guest speaker and panelists?

How does the “arts business” affect the “arts practice”?

Guest speaker: David Throsby AO is a distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, internationally recognised for his research and writing on the economics of art and culture. Professor Throsby’s research interests include the role of culture in economic development, the economic situation of individual artists, the economics of the performing arts, the creative industries, the economics of heritage and the relationship between cultural and economic policy.

Some of his recent works include Making Art Work, Don’t Give Up Your Day Job, Do You Really Expect to Get Paid? (all reports for the Australia Council) and his Currency Press Platform Paper (May 2018) Art, Politics, Money: Revisiting Australia’s Cultural Policy.

We live in dangerous times: climate change, the impact of social media, fake news, the gig economy, wage theft, deregulation, privatisation, cutbacks on arts funding, globalisation, stagnant global economies, refugee policies, indigenous sovereignty, #metoo and the rest!

In his 2018 paper Art, Politics and Money Professor Throsby writes:

“How can it be that [artists] who contribute so much to our cultural life are so poorly rewarded? …. The arts labour market does not price in a component for the public good that the work of artists provides …. Artists are the creative labour force in the cultural industries. From this perspective they may be seen as industrial workers – low paid, unrepresented, condemned to rely on a series of short-term contracts, leading precarious economic lives, obliged to bear the risks offloaded on them by their corporate paymasters.

Alternatively, they can be seen as self-starting entrepreneurs at the forefront of the new economy, developing new technologies, leading in digital innovation, finding ways to apply their creative skills, not just to the production of art but in a range of other areas as well.

[Artists] are the source of the talent and the creativity that makes art happen and that keeps the cultural sector alive and growing. It is abundantly clear that the situation of the individual artist in Australia today must remain a central concern for cultural policy.”

We will ask Prof. Throsby to expand upon this in his recent work and get his perspective on survival for artists, and to interact with our panel of local artists attempting to answer some of these questions.

Join us for networking with others at the end of the forum with drinks and nibbles (5.30pm – 6.30pm).

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