Speeches and Opinion
01 November 2017
It is 50 years ago today that Harold Holt announced his government’s decision to support Australian cultural activity by establishing a council for the arts and a national gallery.
30 November 2016
You are first amongst the growing number of Australians who experience and participate in the arts as part of their every day, and you already believe that the arts enrich and create meaning in peoples’ lives, that they have the capacity to unify communities, activate spaces, promote sustainable development, investment, tourism and economic activity, supplement education and improve health, increase well-being and shine the spotlight on local, national and global issues.
29 June 2016
Dr Wendy Were talks about the challenges faced by the Australian arts sector, international development managers, continuing support programs, the launch of the ISPA Fellowship and Regional Fellowships Program.
30 May 2016
The acknowledgement of the central purpose of these National Indigenous Art Awards which is to celebrate the achievements and artistic creativity of exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
05 May 2016
The arts embrace broad expressions of human creative skill and imagination, practices, traditions and disciplines typically producing works such as painting, music, literature and dance, amongst much else, to be appreciated primarily for their emotional power. While innovation is commonly perceived as a technology-driven phenomenon, it is in fact present in all forms of human endeavour, be that in science, medicine, social development, the environment, or the arts. It is important to every sector of the economy and every part of our social fabric.
29 January 2016
Rupert Myer presenting awards to recipients of the Performing Arts Award Facilitator Prize – Daniel Clarke, Performing Arts Group Award Winners – MOFO & DARK MOFO, Performing Arts Individual Award Winner – Ursula Yovich at the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards, Sydney Opera House, Thursday January 21, 2016.
26 June 2015
I decided that I didn’t want to ramble on in familiar territory, on my favourite topics, but to try hard to address what might be the most important thing on the horizon of arts and culture, bearing in mind, the overarching theme of the conference which was expressed to me as ‘how art and artists contribute to community: stories to inspire a creative industry’.
17 April 2015
It is a real privilege, and a considerable responsibility, to make these remarks, and I am indebted to the Sydney College of the Arts for the opportunity to do so, in this magnificent Great Hall. I would like to begin by saying to the graduates: ‘Congratulations’.
19 December 2014
08 December 2014