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Platform Papers 06  

Art in a Cold Climate - Rethinking the Australia Council

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The Australian Council for the Arts, once the sole public benefactor of the arts, is now one among many, writes Keith Gallasch. How well does it nurture and sustain our art in the 21st century? Gallasch surveys the history of the Council’s relationship with innovation in the arts, describes the cooperative workings of arts ecosystems and how new media and hybrid arts are revitalizing our experience of, and thinking about, art. He argues for a radically restructured Australia Council, one focused on contemporary arts and with its eye firmly on innovation and experimentation.

Currency House | 978-0-97573-012-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Keith Gallasch is the Managing Editor of RealTime, the national arts magazine focused on innovation in the arts, which he founded with Co-Editor Virginia Baxter in 1994. A former teacher and academic with an MA in Theoretical Linguistics, Keith has been involved in theatre since 1976 (as a founding member of Troupe in Adelaide) and in 1987, with Virginia, formed the performance company Open City, writing, performing and producing new works at Performance Space and for radio until 1996. Open City’s performance works include Tokyo Two (1987, 1992), Photoplay (1987, 1994), The Girl with a Stone in her Shoe (1989), All That Flows (1990), The Museum of Accidents (1991), Sense (1993), Sum of the Sudden (1993), Shop & The Necessary Orgy (Sydney Festival, 1995) and Promiscuous Spaces: Table Talk (1996). Keith continues to write for performance and has worked extensively as a dramaturg, developing scripts by Timothy Daly, Jennifer Compton, Dina Panozzo and Christine Evans.

In 1997 Keith wrote the scenario for the Opera Project’s The Berlioz, Our Vampires Ourselves, and in 1999 the script for their Tristan. He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council (1983–85), the Board of Management of Performance Space (1990–92) and the Asialink advisory committee on performance (1999–2001). For the Australia Council he has edited and produced the internationally distributed In Repertoire series promoting Australian performance.