ARCHIVED News Archive

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Are Australian plays flourishing?

In a bid to get to the bottom of whether Australian plays are being sacrificed for adaptations or international work, Alison Croggon, ABC critic and writer, and arts writer Jane Howard, logged the 2013 seasons of all the AMPAG theatre companies. They found that of a total of 93 productions mounted in 2013, 54 were new Australian works—that is, almost 60 per cent.  Read More

Art Music Awards to be announced on 26 August

The 2013 Art Music Awards will be hosted on Monday 26 August at the NIDA Parade Theatre in Sydney.   Read More

Oz arts in Asia celebrated at inaugural awards

At the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia awards last night many inspirational forays into the Asian market were celebrated by artists and organisations across the spectrum, including two majors, Bangarra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.   Read More

STC and Opera Australia dominate Helpmann awards

The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Secret River dominated the artistic awards at last night Helpmann’s, taking out six gongs— Best Play, Best Direction (Neil Armfield), Best Music Direction and Best Original Score (Iain Grandage), Best Supporting Male Actor (Colin Moody) and Best New Australian Work (Andrew Bovell for his adaption of Kate Grenville’s novel).  Read More

MPA audiences on the rise

Opera attendances in Australia had a greater increase in audience numbers in 2012 than either dance, theatre, orchestral or chamber music, according to an Australia Council survey of the 28 major performing arts companies.  Read More

QTC wins Reconciliation Award

Queensland Theatre Company has taken out the Community Award at the 2013 Queensland Reconciliation Awards in a ceremony held last night.  Read More

AMPAG response - The Aust News 11 July 2013

The headline and lead in today’s The Australian ’Arts Policy totally inadequate’ page 2 (11/7/13) are at best misleading. In our view it failed to reflect the focus and emphasis of our follow up conversation. AMPAG publicly welcomed the Creative Australia policies launched by Simon Crean in April and the funding that supported the policy in the federal government’s May budget.   Read More

Who is in the new Rudd cabinet

Tony Burke will retain his position as Minister for the Arts, as well as taking on immigration. This will be a welcome announcement for the arts sector who generally believed Tony Burke was a good appointment as Arts Minister and who would not have relished a third minister in as many months.  Read More

Burke announces new Australia Council appointments

Arts Minister Tony Burke, who will today take on an additional role as Immigration Minister, announced on the weekend the appointment of the members of the new Board of the Australia Council.  Read More

New Charities Bill a long time coming

The new Charities Bill 2013—passed by both Houses of Parliament last week—has been a long time coming.  Read More