Ben Eltham: culture is bigger than the arts

CPD Fellow Ben Eltham, writing in issue 200 of Overland, argues that the Australia Council should be abolished.

First published 4 September 2010.

“Last year I had a meeting with two officers of the Australia Council.

The Australia Council – or OzCo, as nearly everyone in the cultural industries calls it – is the federal government’s arts funding and advisory body. The meeting was with two of the council’s digital and new media team, who were keen to explain the latest digital arts initiative, Arts Content for a Digital Era. The conversation was cordial but largely unsatisfying. The Australia Council officers attempted to explain why the latest strategy was a worthy initiative. I tried to explain why it doesn’t matter.”

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