Evaluation and Public Value

The value of measuring value

The value of measuring value

Lone Keast, Director of the Policy, Planning and Performance team at Arts Queensland recently delivered a presentation at the Making Culture Count Conference . This post is an adapted extract from her presentation. Over the past couple of years in Arts Queensland, there has been a surge in our efforts to collect more tangible evidence about ...

Think Forward, Think Big

Think Forward, Think Big

Queensland poet Graham Nunn discusses the big ideas emerging from consultation with Queensland’s writing sector. Graham’s post should be read alongside Chris Meade’s recent post. Without doubt, writing can be a lonely business. We often work alone, with full control over the way we generate ideas, the type of work we produce, the hours in ...

Big Sky thinking

Big Sky thinking

Chris Meade founder of if:books UK discusses the big ideas emerging from consultation with Queensland’s writing sector….. I’m back in recession-hit Britain now and have recently been working at The Hurst, one of the writers’ retreats run by the Arvon Foundation. This tranquil if chilly beauty spot on the border between England and Wales was once ...

A wish-list for music in 21st Century Queensland

A wish-list for music in 21st Century Queensland

Rod Ainsworth describes his wish list for an extraordinary Queensland, one where music, education and community are interconnected, and learning is experiential, social and fun. I wish that education would stop being used as an addendum to culture – and that culture would stop being seen as something we call ‘the arts’. Both of these ...

Don't get bitter, get better

Don’t get bitter, get better

For Aleem Ali, the future of the arts rests on its ability to embrace creativity, social inclusion and entrepreneurship. Crowd-funding, micro-finance, social enterprise, commercial services, corporate training, diverse revenue models, community outcomes, innovation and investment strategies…can’t a person just make some art!? What happened to the good ol’ days of subsistence arts funding and traditional ...

Romancing Bundaberg

Romancing Bundaberg

Chris Meade, founder of if:books UK, meets with writers in Bundaberg… An energetic group of writers gathered at Bundaberg library for coffee, cake and heated debate. The group, many of whom are successful authors of genre fiction, took some convincing that the State really was prepared to promote and reward romance, crime and speculative fiction as well ...

Reflecting on Creative Capital

Reflecting on Creative Capital

Julianne Schultz, Critical Friend to the Creative Capital forum held last week shares her thoughts about the cultural conversation… Mixed metaphors are generally to be avoided. But at the Creative Capital forum at the State Library Auditorium on Wednesday morning they collided with gay abandon. The effect was to create a wondorous sense of the past and ...

Cultural memory

Cultural memory

Memory is notoriously unreliable. We cherish some memories, deny others and argue over the accuracy of our recall.  As we look forward and speculate about cultural development and directions, it is important to reflect upon how we got here and what was known before.  Writer, historian and activist Jackie Huggins explores the forming of cultural ...

The Worth of Writers

The Worth of Writers

Chris Meade, Founder of if:books UK, reflects on the first discussions around the future of the writing sector… So, let’s picture this: In five years time there’s a new kind of Sunshinefic futurish, digital graphical genre fiction selling all over the world, linked of course to movies, games, toys, fragrances.. writers all over Australia like ...

Go tell it on the mountain

Go tell it on the mountain

Who and what inspires the work of great Queensland artists?  Queensland writer Melissa Lucashenko reflects on her personal discoveries of places in Queensland, places in books and a beloved artist who wrote seminal works high on a mountain…..  I grew up on the Southside of a river I barely knew existed. What I knew instead ...