International network
for contemporary
performing arts

Réseau international
pour les arts du spectacle

Rete internazionale
per le arti performative


Internationales Netzwerk
für zeitgenössische
darstellende Künste

Международная сеть современного 

Red internacional
para las artes escénicas

Internationaal netwerk
voor hedendaagse

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Rede internacional
para as artes performativas

الشبكة الدولية
لفنون الأداء

í sviðslistum

Xarxa internacional
d'arts escèniques

Rhwydwaith rhyngwladol
ar gyfer celfyddydau
perfformio cyfoes

Rrjeti ndërkombëtar
për artet skenike

Διεθνές δίκτυο
για σύγχρονες
παραστατικές τέχνες

Međunarodna mreža 
za savremene 
scenske umjetnosti

Mezinárodní síť 
pro současné 
divadelní umění

International netværk
for kontemporær

Internasionale netwerk
vir kontemporêre
uitvoerende kunste

თანამედროვე საშემსრულებლო
საერთაშორისო ქსელი

Nemzetközi hálózat
a kortárs


líonra idirnáisiúnta
na taibhealaíona

Starptautiskais tīkls
skatuves mākslai

Netwerk internazzjonali
għall-arti performattivi

Międzynarodowa sieć
na rzecz współczesnych sztuk

Internationellt nätverk
för samtida

Međunarodna mreža
savremenih izvođačkih

Международна мрежа
за съвременни
сценични изкуства

Rrjet ndërkombëtar
për arte skenike

Міжнародная сетка
перфарматыўных мастацтваў

Međunarodna mreža
za suvremene
izvedbene umjetnosti


kaasaegsete etenduskunstide

현대 공연 예술을 위한 국제 네트워크

Tarptautinis tinklas
scenos menai

Интернационална мрежа
за современа
изведувачка уметност

شبکۀ بین المللی
برای هنرهای نمایشی معاصر

Rețeaua internațională
pentru artele spectacolului

Medzinárodná sieť
pre súčasné
scénické umenie

gösteri sanatları için
uluslararası iletişim ağı

The Arts erased from a new Govt department reshuffle in Australia

It's summer in Australia, you may have seen that unprecedented numbers of bushfires are burning out of control across the eastern states and Sydney has been smothered in smoke for almost four weeks. This is a busy time of year for everyone. Its the usual build up to the Christmas break which will linger well into January with the summer school holidays, so people are focused on their end of year tasks.

And the heat is on in more ways than one. Last week the federal Government announced that there would be a departmental reshuffle focused on productivity, downsizing 18 departments to 14. This process, effective in February 2020, will abolish the department of Communication and Arts, amalgamating Communication with Infrastucture, Transport and Regional Development. Arts will be absorbed into the Communication but has disappeared in name from the list of responsibilities. The Minister for the Arts will keep this role for the moment and the Prime Minister insists his move is not to save money nor mean any other significant reductions in support to the sector.

The Arts community have experienced a devastating series of cuts by Government in recent years. This move is seen as yet another attack. By not naming the Arts there is concern that further loss of funds or freedoms would be less visible to the wider public. We are already part way through a significant review of regularly funded Arts organisations by the Australia Council for the Arts through a peer assessment process. The results of this process will conclude in March and likely to see far fewer organisations funded in the small to medium performing arts sector.

I am on the board of Theatre Network NSW and we released this statement:

Morrison Government Silences Arts

The TNN board condemn last week’s announcement by Scott Morrison that the Department of Communication and the Arts will be abolished and replaced by a Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. 

The omission of the arts in this new overarching department fails to support a vital creative workforce at the heart of Australia’s national identity. Without naming the arts as distinct and significant in a communications portfolio; we question the Government’s ability to support or champion Australian creative content, including the 60,000 years of continuous unique First People’s arts and culture.

Theatre Network NSW represents the performing arts in a state that houses 32% of the Australian population and the nation’s biggest city, Sydney. The many writers, directors, performers, designers, technicians, marketers and other arts workers are already beleaguered by funding cuts. In 2019 TNN conducted a sector health survey that showed there is considerable fatigue, fear and ill health in the performing arts. Responding to this at Theatre Network NSW’s State of the Sector Address, Arts on Tour executive director Antonia Seymour states;

‘We need great art – perhaps more than ever.’

Antonia was joined by the Australia Council for the Arts CEO, Adrian Collette and NSW Minister for the Arts the Honourable Don Harwin. Antonia drew on TNN’s Sector Health Survey to speak to a chronic state of anxiety, of stress and fatigue being felt by the theatre and performance sector in NSW. 

As the sector braces for a wave of cuts to multi-year organisations in the upcoming Australia Council for the Arts funding round, Theatre Network NSW questions how one Department can effectively manage upgrading a road, supporting the needs of a regional city and growing the nations arts and cultural landscape. Removing ‘Arts’ from the title of the Department is a poor way to begin. TNN explores collaborative opportunities for the performing arts to work with other sectors and believes there is an increasing appetite for work in this area. For this to be effective Arts and culture must be recognised within a department, appropriately resourced and aligned with a Federal Ministerial portfolio.

TNN joins other arts organisations in demanding that the Arts are named in a relevant Government department that can support artists with ongoing cultural investment in artistic practice, creative process and critical discourse about the thriving culture in our fabulous nation that gives voice to the diverse peoples who call Australia home.

There is more information in this excellent ArtsHub article by Melbourne writer Richard Watts:…