Collision course

It's been a tumultous year for artistic directors worldwide, with some forced to resign because of their ambitious creative vision. But the conflict between boards and arts organisations goes both ways.
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Following the sacking of Opera Australia’s Music Director, Simone Young, last week, the conflict between artistic directors and their boards has been touted as a global phenomenon.

Young’s sacking runs parallel to a number of occurrences in Europe earlier this year, in which business sensibilities have collided with artistic vision – prompting the arts community to question to what extent business is driving artistic decisions, and is this at the expense of forward-thinking creativity?

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Michelle Draper
About the Author
Michelle lived and worked in Rome and London as a freelance feature writer for two and a half years before returning to Australia to take up the position of Head Writer for Arts Hub UK. She was inspired by thousands of years of history and art in Rome, and by London's pubs. Michelle holds a BA in Journalism from RMIT University, and also writes for Arts Hub Australia.