A refreshing change from its previous arts shows, the ABC’s new Art Works walks the line between high and low brow with the first engaging episode featuring an actor, a photographer, a sculptor and stand-up comedians.
We care less about the arts when there is less to care about. The government of the day has backed Australian arts and culture into a corner and the sector must start telling its story better to survive, writes Julian Meyrick.
At the tail end of this year’s Adelaide Festival, Fringe and other Mad March cultural events, spare a thought for the miracle of numbers and the banality of metrics.
Modern society has become addicted to ratings and league tables. But a new scorecard, which aims to give ‘good art’ a numerical ranking, is utterly wrong-headed.
The 2017 Adelaide Festival program was a beautifully crafted object d’art, offering a blaze of hope against a dismal horizon, write Flinders University’s Julian Meyrick and William Peterson.
The grunge classic Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh’s in-yer-face, anti-fairy tale – is currently a stage show touring nationally and out in cinemas as a long-awaited film sequel.