During the pandemic, a range of initiatives both formal and informal have been established and/or extended and promoted to support artists and allied workers’ mental health.
THE GENDER PAY GAP AMONG AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS: Australian women (artists) continue to earn less than their male counterparts.
Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna’s new book Infinite Splendours was published in October 2020 by Allen and Unwin.
We were delighted to hear that our good friends and clients - Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs - took out the prestigious Australian Fashion Laureate award for 2020.
In September the Australia Council published updated Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts. The protocols address key legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of Indigenous cultural material in the arts.
The feature documentary about the bohemian artist, Rosaleen Norton, had its world Premiere in Paris in September 2020 at L’Etrange Festival to a sold-out cinema and rave reviews.
“For me, hope is ultimately the message and meaning of Christmas. Hope is born into this world every day. We have only to grasp it, commit to it, cherish it and renew it. Sounds like a lot to do? Well... that is what music is for. That is why we sing.”
Mid June 2020 in the UK Shaun Tan was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrated children’s books for ‘Tales from the Inner City’. See https://carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/tag/2020/
Yvonne Audette, Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the visual arts as an abstract painter whose work is in public collections including several galleries and museums.
Following up on our lead articles about the impact of the coronavirus on the arts in Australia and the links we have provided to various resources, there is also some helpful cross-industry information from the Australian Cultural Fund at ‘Artist support | We're here to help’.