ACT Arts Grants, 2003 to 2015

24 Jun

The Childers Group has put together an analysis of the past 12 years of arts grants in the ACT and the trends within different funding types. This analysis shows that over this time, stretching over three full electoral cycles, there has been a significant decline in ACT arts grants on a per capita basis, and as a […]

Arts Day of Action – 17 June 2016

14 Jun

Following the success of ArtsPeak’s election debate in Melbourne last week, the Childers Group invite you to be involved in a new lobbying strategy in the lead up to the federal election – an Arts Day of Action on 17th June 2016. Facts: The arts and cultural industries employ more people than agriculture, construction or mining, and […]

ArtsPeak letter to PM

15 Apr

We are sharing a copy of a letter sent to our PM by the Australian multi-arts peak body, ArtsPeak. The letter expresses their consolidated view of the status of Federal Government support for arts and culture in Australia, and suggests some ways forward in relation to recent changes in policy direction. A good read. ArtsPeakLetter […]

What are we worth?

22 Mar

Hi folks, Jack here. Over the past few days there has been much discussion around whether unpaid mentorship models are appropriate in the context of content production for a major ACT event drawcard: The Dark Side of Enlighten – Canberra Times Enlighten artists unpaid but ecstatic about mentorship opportunity – The RiotACT Government defends Enlighten’s unpaid […]

Wrap up from pre-Budget arts forum

14 Mar

… in case you missed the Childers Group’s pre-Budget arts forum! We’ve had some very positive feedback about our pre-Budget arts forum on Wednesday 24 February, with calls for a follow-up pre-election forum later in the year. As one participant put it: ‘It was a terrific night, one of the Childers Group’s best’. With expert […]

Letter to PM re the impact of the efficiency dividend on our national institutions

22 Feb

We are closely following the impact on our Canberra-based national institutions by the efficiency dividend. Read the letter that has been sent to our Prime Minister as of today. Add your voice to the conversation.   Letter from CG to PM

ACT Election Forum – fast approaching

8 Feb

Tickets are selling fast for this important discussion with our ACT arts colleagues and political representatives. For more info – take a look at our media release. Feb 3 2016 MR

ACT Election 2016: when we’re all in one room we can make things happen…for everyone.

29 Jan

This year the ACT community will be voting for who will form government for the next 4 years. How can we make sure that those standing for election value the arts and have meaningful arts policies? The Childers Group does this by getting the three main political parties in one room, asking for visions and […]

…and then it was 2016 and your connections grew and your voice became even louder.

16 Jan

Happy New Year. This one’s going to be big. There’s the ACT election, where the Assembly will be increasing from 17 to 25 members, and a party who’s been governing for many years will be up against one that’s chomping at the bit. Will the main political parties prepare arts policies? If so, how informed […]

ACT BUDGET SUBMISSION: what we think should happen in 2016-2017

17 Oct

For three years now the Childers Group has been contributing to the development of the ACT budget through ACT Treasury’s budget consultation process. The following is our most recent submission. * The Childers Group welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the 2016-17 ACT Government Budget development process. The Childers Group is an independent arts […]