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The Arts

Maynard Keynes – arguably the greatest economist of the 20th century – once wrote that “the civilizing arts … in fact use up an infinitesimal quantity of materials in relation to their importance in the national life and the comfort they can give to the individual spirit”. I was fortunate to have been Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board from 2006 until 2011, and also briefly on the Australian Business Arts Foundation Board, in 2010 and 2011.  I am currently Chair of Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania’s bi-ennial statewide multi-arts festival, and a supporter of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Foundation, the Bell Shakespeare Company and the National Institute of Dramatic Art.  

Arts and regional economies

The Arts | 22nd October 2018

Remarks as part of a panel discussion on ‘The Place of Art in the Art of Place’, Burnie Theatre, NW Tasmania, 22nd October 2018

A discussion about ‘stealth’

The Arts | 9th June 2017

Panel Discussion | University of Tasmania | 9th June 2017 Panel discussion with Saul Eslake, Dr Alysia Bennett of Monash University’s School of Architecture, and the Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend Dr Robert Condie, hosted by ABC Radio Hobart’s Ryk Goddard at the University of Tasmania’s Art School, as part of Hobart’s ‘Dark […]

Interview with The Australian’s Arts Editor Matthew Westwood

News, Tasmania, The Arts | 10th March 2017

Matthew Westwood| The Australian | 10th March 2017 Discussing government funding for the arts, and the 2017 Ten Days on the Island festival

The Arts, Economists and the Economy

Tasmania, The Arts | 4th November 2016

Talk at the opening of the exhibition of works by 2016 graduating students at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 4th November 2016

The Resources Boom and its Legacy

The Arts | 9th June 2011

Address to a luncheon hosted by the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF), Adelaide, 9th June 2011

‘Renaissance Man’: Keynes, Contemporary Economic Problems and the Arts

The Arts | 11th June 2009

Address to a luncheon hosted by The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and The Australian Business Arts Foundation, 11th June 2009

Philanthropy and the Arts

Publications, The Arts | 30th June 2007

Article originally published in Island magazine in 2007


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