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.
On my last visit to Sydney over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, I travelled off my normal well-worn track of Paddington to the newly relocated galleries in the south of Sydney.
After not attending the fair for two years it was a great pleasure to be able to travel to the Art Basel Hong Kong Art Fair that covered a whole week of events from the 21 to 25 March 2017 at the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre.