The year everything got cancelled: how the arts in Australia suffered (but survived) in 2020

Jo Caust
The challenge for many is the sector is complex: not defined by one artform, one form of artistic expression or one mode of organisation. Not the least challenged is the Federal government.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Zela Margossian: Why I Think It Is Never Too Late

Zela Margossian
Zela Margossian trained in classical music in Lebanon and Armenia, and then changed both country and music, moving to Australia are taking up jazz improvisation and composition.

‘Refine, realign and declutter’ – what might that mean for the Australian Curriculum: The Arts – Music

Helen Champion
Considerations for a review of the national curriculum, the Australian Curriculum: The Arts - the curriculum for music, dance, drama, media arts and visual arts.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Tamara-Anna Cislowska: Your Persistence Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Tamara-Anna Cislowska
Remember the words of Yehudi Menuhin ‘there’s plenty of room at the top’. Be the best at what you want to do, plan it, live it, prepare for who you want to be. When you look at the future with those eyes you will see opportunity and when you see opportunity – take it.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Helen Svoboda: Defying genre, following nature.

Helen Svoboda
I consider myself to be a genre-fluid artist: defined only by my sonic direction in a given moment... Everything that I create from here on is merely an audio snapshot of that particular period in my life, as it always has been.

Is learning more important than well-being? Teachers told us how COVID highlighted ethical dilemmas a school

Daniella J. Forster
Student well-being vs learning. Government policy vs staff well-being. Personal well-being vs professional integrity.

The year everything got cancelled: how the arts in Australia suffered (but survived) in 2020

Jo Caust
COVID removed the audience and much of the income for the arts. Commonwealth support was not promised for 8 months, then promises not kept, arts education deliberately damaged. The arts were resourceful but financial opportunities very limited.

The Higher Education Bill: Disrupting human potential

Alessandra Pucci
This government has forced on universities an ill-advised law that will disrupt an education meant to support human potential and will lead to a diminished impact of the international networks driven by university researchers.

A year without NAPLAN has given us a chance to re-evaluate how we gauge school quality

Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh
NAPLAN scores assess only literacy and numeracy and stand in the way of a more holistic education. We need a system that delivers confident citizens and creative problem solvers. And that means re-evaluating what we mean by a good quality school.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Helen Sherman: Life out of Context

Helen Sherman
We tend to treat the valuable commodity of time as an obstacle to the achievement of goals, rather than – a space – to be inspired, to build foundations, to prepare and to heal.

Universities belong to the whole community: why we should fund the humanities

Daniel Gregory
The humanities do contribute to the whole community and – critically – they make contributions which they alone can make.