Over the past decade, following the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/8, we have seen the primary art market and the Indigenous art market collapse in Australia, resulting in numerous galleries closing and artists’ incomes reducing drastically.
As we approach the May 2019 election date, it is timely to ask ourselves, as advocates for the arts, ‘What does the next Government hold for arts policy in Australia?'
As the start of the year has well and truly commenced and the long hot summer holidays are slowly drawing to a close, it is time to consider how recently graduated students from the arts schools might launch themselves in to their career.
From 1 July 2019, employers employing 20 employees or less will have to submit their payroll information directly to the ATO via their payroll software system.
Feminism is at the heart of Sally Smart’s work. Her use of collage and assemblage in different mediums and materials, although resulting in large installations on public display, also explore the private world of pattern-cutting and home making and the crafts traditionally associated with women.
Exhibition openings: Vera Moeller, Jon Cattapan, Moya McKenna, Philip Davey.
Since 1997 the Australia Post Australian Legends Award has recognised outstanding individuals for their part in shaping the social and cultural life of Australia.
For many dancers, ageing means a move from performing into teaching and choreography, yet Shelley Lasica, one of the country’s most individual and influential performers for thirty years, has no intention of stepping off the stage; from her earliest years she has also taught, mentored and created work for herself and others.
In October it was great to have hosted Esther Anatolitis, the Executive Director of NAVA, at my home in Melbourne. She was conducting a fact-finding tour of Melbourne and regional Victoria and so I managed to spend a couple of hours with her.
2018 has been a very busy year here at Lowensteins. With over 3000 clients all over Australia , it is important to take some time to reflect on what we have achieved.
Early last year the Directors decided to launch a scholarship awarded to final year arts students at four tertiary institutions. Monash, Melbourne, RMIT and Deakin University.
The art world has faced many challenges and possibilities. One of the most exciting developments that we in the arts face is the advent of blockchain technology in the trading and cataloguing of art.
First four images from top: Opening of ArtChain Gallery, Box Hill, 28 November 2018
From 1 July 2019, businesses seeking to tender for Commonwealth Government procurement contracts over $4 million (inclusive of GST) will be required to provide a statement from the ATO that indicates that they are compliant with their tax obligations.
Falling Through the Gaps: Our Artists’ Health and Welfare by Dr Mark R.W. Williams, a Melbourne solicitor specialising in copyright law and the theatre, has almost sold out nationally.
In September it was with an air of familiarity and excited anticipation that I crossed the threshold of Carriageworks in Sydney’s Redfern for the third iteration of Sydney Contemporary - the premier art fair in Australia.
Artist, Ian Wieczorek, who moved from the UK to the Republic in 1992, says that the country is justifiably proud of its creative heritage, especially its storytelling traditions and literary luminaries like Beckett, Joyce, Yeats and Heaney.
In the previous edition of Lowensteins' Newsletter, we advocated a radical need to reform the tax system as it affects Australian artists. We have had positive feedback about this suggested reform from several clients in the arts community.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Blackman on 20 August 2018, shortly after his 90th birthday. Charles Blackman was one of the most beloved and revered Australian painters. His subject matter - drawn from literature, music, theatre, overseas travel and his lived experience - revealed an enquiring mind and erudite imagination.
When I heard that people were planning another Melbourne Art Fair to be held in the middle of a Melbourne winter in tents, I had the impression that it would be a half-baked affair and not a patch on the glory days when it was held at the Royal Exhibition Building every two years.
In a report dated July 2018, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) indicated that there has been a large increase in the claims being made by individuals for work-related expenses.
Utilising a trusted mortgage advisor is now more important than ever given that lender policies, products, niches and pricing change daily. For example, Westpac's recent decision to end all SMSF lending thereby reducing the number of lenders available for these particular products.
We were also saddened to learn of the passing of another nonagenarian, the iconic Australian artist and extraordinary Melburnian, Mirka Mora. She emerged, phoenix-like, from the ashes of Europe, arriving from France with her husband, Georges, in 1951.