Plan B: it’s not just for when the finances go pear shaped.

The arts have been operating in a changeable funding environment with decreasing success rates for the past decade. There have been some positive developments too. New philanthropists, support programs and donors are making an impact in the space, and local governments have stepped in to support grass roots projects and organisations. But if you liveContinue reading “Plan B: it’s not just for when the finances go pear shaped.”

Federal Arts Funding cutbacks (take 2)

So here we go again huh? If you’re running a small to medium arts company right now I feel for you. I especially feel for you if you’ve just heard that your funding isn’t going to continue. I was in your position a few years ago when I was the CEO of Legs on theContinue reading “Federal Arts Funding cutbacks (take 2)”

The Art Of Resilience

This past week has been a big one for the arts industry in Australia. Actually it’s been a kinda big week in the life of Australia. For just a smidgen under half of the population our Federal Election results were a devastating blow to heartfelt values. Australia had an opportunity last Saturday to address longContinue reading “The Art Of Resilience”

Making ideas reality is a lot like growing tomatoes (Part 1)

It’s become pretty clear lately that implementing a new idea in a creative practise or a not for profit is a lot like gardening. If seeds are like ideas… The soil = conditions in which the idea can take hold and grow. Your garden beds are a lot like the financial foundations you create toContinue reading “Making ideas reality is a lot like growing tomatoes (Part 1)”

The Side Hustle – how it can make your arts life more sustainable

The side hustle. It’s the ‘other thing’, the thing that sometimes pays your bills when work in the arts is slow. The thing that can sometimes finance the very activities that grant bodies are funding less of, particularly as budgets and success rates become smaller. Sometimes the side hustle is the thing that provides mostContinue reading “The Side Hustle – how it can make your arts life more sustainable”

Melbourne, the arts, circa early 2000’s, defining values, creating indelible change.

Yesterday I took a trip into the messy back corridors of memory to access one of the most cherished periods of my career for a book about Melbourne performance. It’s a complex period of time for me- primarily because I lost my partner Geoff to a fatal motorbike accident in 2007 and in so manyContinue reading “Melbourne, the arts, circa early 2000’s, defining values, creating indelible change.”

Arts audiences- nurturing curiosity

I’ve been writing about the Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania for a commission with ArtsHub. This weekend just gone has seen me in the North of Tasmania. I’ve seen 8 shows now, and have another 5 to go, when the festival moves to Hobart this weekend. It’s got me thinking about audienceContinue reading “Arts audiences- nurturing curiosity”

Do you want your coffee in a cup or a mug? Ruminating on Tassie life.

For the past week I’ve been spending most of my time driving a Winnebago through remote and far north Tassie communities following the Ten Days on the Island Festival for ArtsHub. It’s reminded me again that for the most part Tassie hasn’t been ‘Monafied’*. It’s still the warm, friendly country town where everyone knows eachContinue reading “Do you want your coffee in a cup or a mug? Ruminating on Tassie life.”

Ten Days on the Island and my epic adventure through the heart of it all.

I’m setting out tomorrow at dawn for what started as a crazy idea I pitched to my rather fantastic Editor Richard Watts, at ArtsHub. You see, I wanted to undertake Festival Director Lindy Hume’s challenge of taking an epic journey through Tasmania; to navigate with intrepid curiosity both the festival program and the landscape. IContinue reading “Ten Days on the Island and my epic adventure through the heart of it all.”

Need a little help to cut through the white noise?

This week I’ve been talking to a number of colleagues in the arts industry and NFP’s about the challenges of working in small organisations with limited executive staff, particularly in regional and remote areas. They spoke of isolation, a lack of trusted networks and experienced people to bounce ideas off; and the tricky task ofContinue reading “Need a little help to cut through the white noise?”