Ben Eltham When The Goal Posts Move

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Join UQ's Stuart Glover and Norm Horten from Feral Arts as they discuss with Ben Eltham his Platform Paper 'When the Goal Posts Move: Patronage, power and resistance in Australian cultural policy 2013–2016'.

*This event is 6.00pm arrival for a 6.30pm start.*

In this wide-ranging overview of the now notorious ‘Excellence Raid’ of Budget night 2015, when substantial public funding was ripped from the arts sector and awarded to the federal Ministry, Ben Eltham examines the purposes of power, the extent of the damage done and the future of the crippled Australia Council. He shows how its foundational pursuit of ‘excellence’ has been diverted from an aspiration to a commodity, counts the culling of artists and long-established service organisations, questions the silence that grasped the major players, records the scattered shrapnel; and reports signs of growing unity of purpose across the sector.

Now, in the shadow of the 2016 federal election, Eltham views the shattered structure and the Opposition’s restorative promises; and concludes that, when called upon, Australians still do recognise cultural value. They can - and do - still rejoice in sharing the idea of the public good.
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