NCP preambling ~ theatre notes

Friday, October 28, 2011

NCP preambling

During the recent Australian Theatre Forum, one of the Open Space groups worked on a response to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper. This diverse group consisted of people from all areas of Australian theatre, including funding bodies, major organisations, independent companies and independent artists. They decided that a preamble to the policy would be a good idea, and to model this idea in this their own submission. Then they asked me to write it.

The result is up at Overland Magazine's blog. The ATF Open Space submission itself, which deals with specific policy, is also well worth reading; but, along with some other significant documents, doesn't yet seem to be online with the NCP submissions. Hoping the Office for the Arts catches up with its filing soon.


Anna said...

Nice one, Alison.

Although not all the submissions have been made available yet on the NCP website, some organisations have put their responses on their own websites.

The Australian Theatre Forum (endorsed by the Steering Committee):

Theatre Network Victoria:

Arts Access Australia:,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=293&cntnt01returnid=15

Alison Croggon said...

Thanks Anna. Maybe the most important aspect of the NCP has been the chance for so many people to seriously discuss the idea.

Will be interesting to see what emerges. I worry about policies that (for instance) place a primary value on creativity because it increases productivity: of course culture has an econmomic value, but that's not the whole story by any means.

Here are those links, live:

Australian Theatre Forum

Theatre Network Victoria

Arts Access Australia