free public lynching

The issue with Australia Council for the Arts eviscerating the New Media Arts Board has had a slight hiatus over the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean it’s all coming up roses, or been forgotten. The first event of the new year is an open forum to discuss their mindless decision.

Speakers include the most vocal denouncers of ozco’s decision, and also Jennifer Bott, CEO of ozco and Andrew Donovan, ‘Manager’ of the New Media Board. Ever seen a public lynching? There’s going to be a room full or really, really pissed off artists who are not going to be particularly civil. And there’s going to be two people trying to justify their indefensible actions. It’s going to be a bloody slaughter. Almost not even sporting.


An open forum to discuss the Australia Council for the Arts’recent announcement of a major restructure, including the abolition of both the Community Cultural Development Board and the New Media Arts Board.

When: MONDAY JANUARY 24, 2005
Where: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, (Opposite Paddington Town Hall), Sydney
Time: 6pm –8pm
Admission: FREE

In December 2004 the Australia Council announced it’s intention to disband the New Media Arts Board and the Community Cultural Development Board. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with representatives of the Australia Council and to call for immediate and ongoing consultation with the new media arts sector. It will primarily focus on new media arts with members of the CCDB and broader arts community welcome to attend and provide input.

Speakers include:
Jennifer Bott, CEO, Australia Council for the Arts
Andrew Donovan, Manager, New Media Arts Board and Acting Executive Director of Arts Development
Keith Gallasch, Editor, Realtime
Anna Munster, Artist and Senior Lecturer, School of Art History and Theory, COFA
Julianne Pierce, Executive Director, Australian Network for Art and Technology
Lynnette Wallworth, Artist and New Media Arts Board Fellow 2004/05

This meeting has been convened by dLux Media Arts and ANAT in association with Realtime, Performance Space, Experimenta, BEAP and MAAP.

For further details visit or contact:
David Cranswick, dlux Media Arts, Sydney, (02) 9380 4255
Julianne Pierce, ANAT, Adelaide, (08) 8113 3103