Finally, as the horrific summer 2019/20 season of bushfires comes to an end, with the benefit of hindsight we are able to observe the aftermath of the disaster that has befallen our nation.
As part of Lowensteins' commitment to the arts and improving the cultural climate of Australia, I have become involved with Melbourne University to put together an ARC Linkage project proposal for reform of the visual arts sector in Australia.
For those of you who may have noticed that I have been more distracted than usual at the office over the past few months, it was because I have been preparing a major paper on The Taxation of Art and Collectables for the Tax Institute.
On a beautiful Friday autumn afternoon on the Mornington Peninsula, I had the wonderful pleasure of being present at a Wheeler Centre function to hear my great hero, Simon Schama, expound his views on all manner of subjects.
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?'
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.
Taxation treatment of the arts is one of the many issues that have been neglected by governments of all persuasions over the last eighteen to twenty years. Now it is time to start a serious conversation about tax reform for the arts.
Once again I had the privilege of travelling to Hong Kong for the sixth iteration of ART Basel, held from the 27 to 31 March 2018.
On the weekend of the 1st of December 2017 I had the opportunity to explore the art scene in and around Brisbane.
As well as viewing the stunning Gerhard Richter show and, in complete contrast, the Kusama show at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA),
For this edition I invited Emeritus Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe from Melbourne University to review a very interesting book I read that is an excellent source of history about the genesis of the commercial aspects of the Australian art world.