On arts and irrigation funding
In this analysis of Australia’s public arts funding, David Pledger correlates the conditions of the small-medium and independent sector with one of the country’s principal river systems. The crisis in the arts ecology has deep resonance with the climate emergency. They are similarly rooted in structural inequality, social justice and cultural custodianship. In this call-to-arms, David maps out the problems and identifies strategies and solutions that, whilst specific to the Australian arts ecology, may be applied to similar funding landscapes in the international arts scene.