Monthly Archives: September 2011

Open letter to the board of the ABC

Dear Mr Newman

Re: Request to Stop the Destruction of ABC TV Arts

For the past fifty years, ABC TV has introduced Australians to an array of extraordinary local artists – from Sir Robert Helpmann to Kate Grenville, from the emerging Western Desert artists to Nick Cave. The ABC TV arts unit has taken us into our galleries, theatres and museums, sharing the country’s evolving
cultural life. In the last year alone, the unit produced over 500 stories. It has championed new artists, engaged practitioners, and built a vast record of the work of those who strive to articulate our place in the world. Where else do we turn to celebrate our great artists? Continue reading

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Eminent Australians Call On ABC to Support Arts

Tim Winton, Nick Cave, Betty Churcher, Geoffrey Rush and Elizabeth Ann Macgregor are among a group of local artists who are dismayed and outraged at ABC management’s decision to chop Art Nation, the ABC’s sole TV arts magazine program, and disband the national broadcaster’s TV arts unit.

Their names are included in a veritable ‘who’s who’ of people prominent in the arts and other parts of life who have issued an open letter to the ABC Board to complain at what is happening. The letter has the support of SA Premier Mike Rann and Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. Continue reading