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Opinion: Why Crowdfunding Art Matters - And Works
1 month ago

Opinion: Why Crowdfunding Art Matters - And Works

Putting your hand out for support isn't something everyone is comfortable with - but after spending a couple of years in Aotearoa, an experienced crowdfunded creative explains that it's an eco-system that can work wonders.

Author:  A Big Idea contributor
Surviving The Axe - An Insider's Guide
2 months ago

Surviving The Axe - An Insider's Guide

Victoria University of Wellington's theatre department went from facing cuts to winning awards for its successful advocacy in 2023 - Dr James Wenley offers insight into the positive steps organisations under pressure can take.

Author:  James Wenley
Why We Fail When We Talk About Talent
2 months ago

Why We Fail When We Talk About Talent

Using the word 'talented' as praise and encouragement devalues hard work, skill and learned ability. We need to use better language, says an experienced arts educator.

Author:  ArtsHub.com.au
Inspiring More Teachers To Share Aotearoa's Stories
2 months ago

Inspiring More Teachers To Share Aotearoa's Stories

Tackling 'the Summer Slide' for students is nothing new - but Read NZ CEO Juliet Blyth explains a 'whole-playground' approach to reading is having unexpected results for Aotearoa authors.

Author:  A Big Idea contributor
Opinion - Predicting Arts & Culture Landscape Under National/ACT
3 months ago

Opinion - Predicting Arts & Culture Landscape Under National/ACT

While we wait for the new government to take shape - and find out who will take up the Arts, Culture & Heritage portfolio - Andrew Wood sifts through what we know about the likely coalition partner's creative priorities (or lack thereof).

Author:  Andrew Paul Wood
Arts Voices: What Does New Government Mean For Creativity?
4 months ago

Arts Voices: What Does New Government Mean For Creativity?

We ask a host of creative thought leaders how Aotearoa's political shift to the right could impact arts, culture and heritage - with some thought-provoking answers.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Mental Health Is Not A Catchphrase
4 months ago

Mental Health Is Not A Catchphrase

Good mental health in the arts won’t happen until we see people with lived experience enabled and included as leaders and space-makers.

Author:  ArtsHub.com.au
Festival Draw - Why NZ Should Focus On Creative Tourism
4 months ago

Festival Draw - Why NZ Should Focus On Creative Tourism

Could the next big import be international festival-goers? A veteran of the festival circuit explains why now is the time to promote our uniquely Kiwi events to the world.

Author:  Rob W
Opinion: Why CNZ's Auckland Flooding Censure Matters
5 months ago

Opinion: Why CNZ's Auckland Flooding Censure Matters

It's been the talk of the creative community this week - but what does CNZ senior management's "significant failings" mean to those it looks to serve? Andrew Wood gives his thoughts.

Author:  Andrew Paul Wood
Taking Te Reo Māori To The World: Jack Gray
5 months ago

Taking Te Reo Māori To The World: Jack Gray

As Aotearoa celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Arts leader, performer and choreographer Jack Gray explains the crucial and powerful role Te Reo is playing in his current travels in the United States.  

Author:  Jack Gray
Opinion: Wallace Cannot Be Allowed Back In The Arts
5 months ago

Opinion: Wallace Cannot Be Allowed Back In The Arts

Convicted of indecent assault, James Wallace has been ostracised from the creative community. Now he's talking about his next 'great project' in the arts - don't let him buy his way back in.

Author:  Sam Ackerman
Opinion: Exploitation Of Artists Not Over
6 months ago

Opinion: Exploitation Of Artists Not Over

The official stripping of James Wallace's knighthood was a necessary step - But Andrew Wood writes, don’t for a moment think this is the only example of exploitation and predation in NZ’s creative system.

Author:  Andrew Paul Wood