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Our First Twelve Years

It's hard to believe that the Institute has been operating for twelve years and covered so much ground in that period. Given the timing, it seems appropriate to reflect on the achievement.

When the Institute started a key goal was to offer a robust and tough minded consulting service to the creative community. That we have undoubtedly achieved. Since its formation the Institute has undertaken projects for Federal, State and Local governments in nearly every state and territory and in New Zealand; for non-profit and for profit companies large and small; and for tertiary education and training institutions and festivals. These have included operational reviews and restructuring, feasibility and scoping studies, strategic planning and governance advice. A significant amount of this work has occurred in priority areas such as regional Australia, Indigenous arts and multicultural practice.

It is a source of satisfaction that this has been achieved entirely through earned income. From the beginning the Institute adopted as a matter of policy that it would not seek public sector grants believing that this would have the effect both of compromising its independence and putting it in competition with artists and creative companies. While it has not adopted a similar view of philanthropic support, to date it has not developed the kinds of activities that were calculated to attract funding from those sources.

Another principle has been that the Institute had no need to grow for growth's sake. It could be as large as it needed to be to ensure it was self-sustaining but no greater. Folie de grandeur is a besetting sin of many not for profit organizations and the Institute was determined to avoid that.


List of Clients 2008-2020

Accessible Arts
Arts NT
Arts Tasmania
Arts NSW
ARUP International
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Australian College of the Arts
Australia Council - Community Partnerships
Australia Council - International Market Development
Australia Council - Major Performing Arts Board
Australia Council - Music Board
Australian Youth Orchestra
Blackfella Films
Black Swan/Perth Theatre Co
Brisbane Festival
Brisbane Powerhouse
Century Venues Pty Ltd
City of Lake Macquarie
City of Sydney/NEPA
Creative New Zealand
Currency House
Cultural infusion Pty Ltd
Darwin City Council
Gadigal Broadcasting Aboriginal Corporation
Griffith University
5 Eliza
Flat Rock Pictures
Friends of the Australian Ballet, NSW
Gold Coast City Council
Gondwanda Choirs
Jan Chapman Films
Legs on the Wall
Marrickville Council
Marrugeku inc
National Film and Sound Archive
National Institute of Dramatic Art
National Theatre of Parramatta
Nautankia Theatre
Newtown School of Arts
Orana Arts Inc Ord Muster WA
Outback Theatre for Young People
Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Ltd
Queensland Theatre Company
Regional Development Victoria
SAE Navitas
Save Marian Street Theatre
Stalker Theatre
Sydney Comedy Festival Pty Ltd
Sydney City Ballet
Sydney Dance Company
Symphony Services Australia
Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music
Tasmanian and Events Queensland
The Follies Coy
The Sydney Fringe
Thompson/Street Pry Ltd
UK Arts International
University of Melbourne
Wildflower Films
Willoughby City Council
Young Dancers Company of Central Qld


How the Arts lost the Soccer Mums

An article by Justin Macdonnell for the "Music Journal" about the arts and misguided community outreach

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A Question of Chaos

An article by Justin Macdonnell for "Laboratory Adelaide" about the blindspots of arts management and evaluation.

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In the Absence of Criticism

Presented by Justin Macdonnell at the Apple University Consortium’s
Create World Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane on December 1, 2009

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This is an interview given by Executive Director, Justin Macdonnell following his address at the Create World conference at Griffith University, Brisbane, December 2009:

Unconditional Love:

Industry that pays and Art that doesn't

The Wal Cherry Lecture by Robyn Archer
September 5 2008

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Investing in the Future - The Arts and Innovation

A speech by Anzarts Executive Director, Justin Macdonnell
Presented for Currency House at the Sydney Opera House
April 4, 2008

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