The month of June saw yet more movement afoot at the Australia Council with the term of our Chair, James Strong AO, coming to an end.
James has guided the Council through an eventful six years, which has included a review, a change of federal government, four federal arts ministers and many changes at the state government level. When guiding the Council through tough decisions, James would challenge us by asking this simple, yet elegant, question: does it help Australian artists to make art for Australia or for audiences around the world? James leaves behind a Council that will continue to be guided by this question as we approach the outcomes of the Australia Council review and the unveiling of the National Cultural Policy.
Also leaving us is John Denton, our Deputy Chair. John has made a valuable contribution to the Council, particularly around the discussion of issues and policy development regarding Australia’s arts internationally, particularly as it relates to cultural diplomacy.
Looking to the future, I am excited by the appointments of Rupert Myer AM as Chair and Robyn Archer AO as Deputy Chair. These appointments provide a powerful combination of business skills and contemporary arts practice, which will guide the Australia Council through the next critical phase.
Kathy Keele, CEO