Right now, artists, directors, administrators and supporters of the arts in Australia are beginning to collect across the country in response to Minister Brandis’ plan to take just over a hundred million dollars from the Australia Council and transfer it to a proposed National Centre for Excellence in the Arts.
It’s happening today at 11:30am for Perth’s Cultural Centre – with talks and a united call for action – to Free The Arts.
Kerry O’Sullivan, Executive Director of The Blue Room Theare spoke to us about why taking a stand matters so much for the arts – nationwide and closer to home.
With more than $100 million shifted away from The Australia Council, the Australians for Artistic Freedom are calling on the Federal Government and Minister for the Arts George Brandis to reverse all proposed cuts to the arts sector and to support a vibrant and independent arts sector in Australia.
Jacinda Woodhood is the editor of Overland, a popular Australian literary journal and we spoke to her now about Australians taking a stand for Artistic Freedom and support.
The Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company is Australia’s leading Aboriginal theatre company – a name that means stand tall in the Noongar language.
They’re standing tall behind the national call to action in response to Minister Brandis’ plan to take just over a hundred million dollars from the Australia Council and transfer it to a proposed National Centre for Excellence in the Arts.
Artistic Director for Yirra Yakkin Kyle Morrison joined us to tell us more about local efforts and what it means for art in WA.