Speeches and Opinion
04 April 2018
'No pre-determined, thematic manifesto or master narrative.' Curator Erica Green This language and these expressions are generous in themselves, fresh and insightful. They speak of a greater cultural democracy with the warmth of inclusion and the rejection of a singular totemic view, determined by only a few. This approach honours the view that ideas are hotly contested spaces requiring broad views of histories and hugely diverse views of the present.
04 April 2018
I think that it is a trait of a great artist that occasions arise where our real life imitates their art, when we encounter scenes that instantly reminds us of how that artist would view it: a stand of cyprus pines, a singular figure on a beach, a park with a pavilion, a certain light or time of day, the way a shadow might fall across a form, an architectural completeness observed from an unintended perspective. A knowing smile and a small nod of the head – that is a Rick Amor we would say.
04 April 2018
By providing powerful visual arts experiences to the local community and to visitors, you are defining taste, creating cultural memories and ensuring that the great tradition of thoughtfully presenting works of art is honoured and maintained. Have no doubt that, with your imagination, talent and skills, you change lives by what you do.
20 March 2018
Nigel Helyer, Pat Brassington, Phillip Adams, Edwin Kemp Attrill, Christian Ramillo, Liza Lim, Bruce Pascoe and Liz Jones…what a privilege to have this line up of artists in one place, being celebrated for their contribution to their art forms and to the way Australian arts and culture is appreciated internationally. And we honour and recognise the training and education, time, skill, devotion, persistence, resilience, tenacity, triumph, failure, rebuilding, energy expended, generosity.
20 March 2018
As in this Sydney Biennale, it is the sum of freshly minted insights as well as the reinterpretation of ancient ideas that should enlighten audiences, and be thoughtful, provocative and challenging. It is the plurality of ideas, the broad views of histories and hugely diverse interpretations of the present that save us from the narrow views and propaganda of some. What a comfort it is to know that art and artists play a central and critical role in this.
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.