When is a Summit not a Summit?

Last week’s Create NSW Arts 2025 Summit started out superbly: the always sharp visual artist Ben Quilty laid out an urgent set of provocations, throwing down the gauntlet to the hundreds of experts gathered from all across the state. And there we all were, ready to be focused into action. Unfortunately, no such focus was developed; instead, each panel was invited to restate the problem repeatedly, until all semblance of focus had been lost…

 

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HEADER IMAGE: Ben Quilty addresses the Summit. Photographs by Esther Anatolitis.