Thursday, February 17, 2011

Welcome to Artcast, Newcastle arts critique and comment

ARTCAST Newcastle is an occasional blog to extend commentary of visual arts exhibitions and art practices based in or relevant to Newcastle, Australia. Since February 2010 I have been the stand-in art-reviewer for The Newcastle Herald's Saturday H2 supplement, a Fairfax tabloid with regular, but limited, arts coverage. Jill Stowell has written for H2 for decades, and remains the Herald’s primary writer. Views expressed in ARTCAST are mine alone but comments (and corrections!) are welcome.

The limitations of a regional-or national- arts review (and I make the distinction between art criticism) are not unique to Newcastle. Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for books, writing & ideas hosted a recent symposium, Critical Failure, where panelists discussed issues of costs, shrinking print media, burgeoning online sources, small pond syndrome, the (?) changing of the guard and more, across visual art, theatre, and literature. Also available on Radio National's Artworks program.

I anticipate a monthly post that celebrates or challenges at least one Hunter exhibition or visual art-act-issue.