Exploring NAVA’s Code of Practice
The National Association for the Visual Arts will release the completely revised Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design this September. Following a three-year collaborative approach, the new Code sets out equitable, ethical and self-reflective standards for the professional Australian contemporary arts sector. SAMAG will bring together a dynamic panel to explore the updated Code; delving into what is new as well as how the Code can be a valuable asset to artists and arts workers. The panel will also discuss the approach behind this revision, and why transparency and collaboration are a cornerstone of this living industry resource. SAMAG committee member and creative producer Lizzie Crouch will facilitate a panel of Penelope Benton, NAVA Executive Director, artist and researcher, Helen Pynor, and Code writers
Campaign Musings: What’s the vision for Arts and Culture?
In the final week of the election campaign, we checked in with leading thinkers and advocates to assess competing visions for Australia’s future. What arts and cultural policy announcements have been made? What’s missing, what’s urgently needed, and what can we achieve before election day? Guest moderator Esther Anatolitis and panellists Joshua Lowe from Theatre Networks Australia, Angela Flynn from Ilbijerri Theatre, writer Lauren Carroll Harris, Arts Manager Jeremy Smith and Artist and Facilitator, Paul […]
Arts on the Agenda – putting arts and culture on the radar this federal election
The Budget is out and a federal election imminent, so how do we as a community get arts and culture onto the political radar? The impacts of the pandemic are far from over for our sector, but the Budget plans to wind down COVID recovery initiatives. We continue to demonstrate the huge public value arts and culture bring to Australia, but that evidence and value continues to be misunderstood or ignored. What steps can we […]
Making Space for Culture
Making Space for Culture: How the city’s cultural and property sectors can help solve the creative space shortage A significant decline in available space for the cultural and creative industries is one of the biggest challenges to cities across the world. Sydney is no exception: we are rapidly losing our creative spaces, pushing the creative economy out of the property market or out of the city altogether. Between 2012 and 2017, the City of Sydney […]
SAMAG In Conversation with Kate Fielding & Wesley Enoch
Kate Fielding CEO of A New Approach – Australia’s leading arts and culture think tank – unpacked ANA’s latest research and discuss ways the arts and cultural industries can prepare for the upcoming Federal Election. The Next Generation of Voters report provides current insights into the attitudes and beliefs held by ‘young middle Australians’ towards arts and cultural engagement and the role it plays in their lives. It includes the findings of a national focus […]
Roadshow Australia, bought to you by Communicating the Arts and SAMAG
SAMAG is delighted to collaborate with Communicating the Arts for their 2020 Roadshow Australia 2020/2021, starting in Sydney on 16-17 November 2020 at The Art Gallery of NSW A 2-day conference, aimed at fundraisers and arts and communication professionals. Roadshow Australia will facilitate important conversations about the challenges that we’re facing in our arts and cultural institutions, such as the inclusion of diverse voices, decolonising museums, well-being, the value of online events, and digital agility. The program includes […]
Racism in the arts – reform or revolution?
Anti-Asian sentiment sparked by Covid-19, the Black Lives Matter movement and questions of ongoing racism in the screen and cultural sectors have all created headlines in this crazy year of 2020.
What is the role and responsibility of the creative sector in the fight for racial justice? How can arts and cultural organisations work with Indigenous peoples, people of colour and minority groups in ways that transcend mere gesture and symbolism?
When do we ‘call out’ and when do we ‘call-in’ individuals and organisations? As activists, artists, community members and leaders, should we take the path of reform or instead dismantle the structures that persist in excluding, silencing and harming?
SAMAG Focus Group: What conversations will you start in the Arts in 2020?
SAMAG Focus Group: What conversations will you start in the Arts in 2020? We believe that to grow, we need to be responsive to the emerging issues in the arts and cultural sector.
We would like to speak directly with our members, audience, speakers, supporters and networks in a facilitated conversation.
This conversation will help us shape our program and offerings for 2020, and feed into our strategic planning.
Arts and Innovation: Balancing the Risks
Evidence abounds about a ‘brain drain’ in Australia in the sciences and technology sectors, which ambitious ‘innovation agendas’ have failed to address. What role can the arts play in spurring new approaches to innovation in wider society? How can artists play a role in designing new practices for design, industry, medicine or social services? Can the arts play a central role in the transformation to knowledge-based, innovative economies? How can the arts influence how we see innovation […]
Catching the eye of Government: Getting your arts group noticed
SAMAG convened a conversation discussing how your arts group can get noticed and backed by a new government, whatever it’s stripe. Speakers included Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister for Arts and Kerri Glasscock, Sydney Fringe Festival Director.