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In my press statement of 26 January about the establishment of the Australian; Council for the Arts, I mentioned that the basis of the work of the new Council' would be seven autonomous Boards, each dealing with a different area of the Arts;!

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Press Statement, E. G. Whitlam, Canberra, 16 February 1973

The Prime Minister, Mr Gough Whitlam, said today:

The announcement contained the name of the Chairman of each of the Boards—

Aboriginal Arts Board —

Crafts Board . —

Literature Board —

Music Board —

Visual and Plastic Arts Board — Theatre Board —

Film and Television Board —

Mr Dick Roughsey Mrs Marea Gazzard Professor G. Blainey Mr Donald Banks Mr H. J. Bailey Mr Peter Hall Mr Phillip Adams

I am anxious for the work of these Boards to proceed as soon as possible. They will be responsible for developing in each field important new national policies and, initiatives. They will be responsible for their own affairs, and will be expected to " plan a programme of future support in each area which will be of lasting value to; 1 Australian artists and the public. V;

I have received from the Chairman of the Boards their suggestion for member·* ship. The exception is the Aboriginal Arts Board, the membership of which will be'; announced shortly. The membership of the Boards contains a preponderance of; practising professionals whose wide experience and knowledge will be invaluable.3

The Government is mindful that the arts are for audiences as well as per·^ formers. The membership of the Boards, therefore, provides for representation ofj what might be called the consumer. Since the Boards will have to deal with finance^ the structure of companies and administering organisations, legal matters and t? variety of concerns where skills and knowledge other than those of the practising* artist will be required, people with a broad general knowledge in these fields have; also been invited to join the Boards. In addition, the membership will include? people whose work on previous advisory boards will be of value during the early$

stages. The invitations to new members provide for a regular inflow of new ideaSa ______ ________. •••'33

All the initial terms of members will be for one or two years. There will be pro- • vision for the Boards to co-opt one or two additional members if they require . them for particular purposes. It is our hope over the coming years to involve in the public administration of the Arts a wide cross section of interested and know­

ledgeable people.

The people who have accepted invitations to join the Boards are set out in the following list:

Music 'Board

Mr Donald Banks (Chairman)

Mr John Hopkins, o . b . e .

Professor Frank Callaway, o .b . e .

Mr Robert Hughes

Mr John Painter

Miss Elizabeth Silsbury

Mr Rodney John Taylor

I j Miss Winsome Evans i . i

Mr Kenneth Tribe

| Mr Kim Williams

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j Miss Jeannie Lewis


Film and Television Board

Mr Phillip Adams

Mr Tom Jeffrey

Miss Sylvia Lawson Mr Gill Brealey

Miss Dawn Brown M r John McQuaid

M r Joe O’Sullivan

Mr Barry Jones, M.L.A.

Mr Jim Harris

Mr Jack Neary - Mr Richard Mason

— Composer, Teacher, Administrator, , Former Director of Music, University of London. Goldsmith College Creative Arts Fellow — A.N.U.

1972/73, A C T .

— Conductor, Federal Director of

Music, A.B.C.; Conductor Austra­ lian Youth Orchestra and Prom Concerts: N.S.W.

— Chairman, Department of Music, U.S.A.; Chairman W.A. Arts Advisory Board, World President Inter-National Society for Music Education, W.A. Composer Cellist; Former Principal Cellist with the SSO and Member Sydney String


Snr Lecturer in Music at Bedford Park Teachers’ College; Pianist, S.A. Director North Queensland Con- servatorium of Music; Baritone, Old.

Leader, Renaissance Players, Harp- sicordist; Music Tutor, University of Sydney; Assistant Musical Director Young Opera, N.S.W.

Solicitor, Chairman Musica Viva Australia; President Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of N.S.W.

Composer, actively involved with Contemporary Music Societies in Sydney.

Leading Vocalist of Jazz, Pop, Rock and Contemporary Music, N.S.W.

Film Producer; Governor Australian Film Institute, Vic. Producer/Director Air Programmes International, N.S.W.

Film Critic. Director S.A. Film Corporation, Educationalist, Film Producer, S.A. Educationalist, Vic.

Secretary of Australian Theatrical Employees’ Association, N.S.W. Director, Perth Institute for Film Technology, W.A. Member Australian Film Develop­ ment Corporation, Member Interim

Council for Film and Television School, Vic. Lecturer, Swinburne Technical Col­ lege, Script Writer, Vic. Principal of N.L.T. Pty. Ltd. Deputy Director Commonwealth Film Unit; Governor of Australian

Literature Board

Professor Geoffrey Blainey (Chairman)

M r Geoffrey Dutton

Professor A. D. Hope

Mr Judah Waren Miss Elizabeth Riddell ' Mr David Malouf Miss Nancy Deesing M r Thomas Shapcott Professor Manning Clark

Mr Richard Hall Mr Richard Walsh

Professor Economic History, Uni­ versity of Melbourne; Former Chair­ man, C.L.F.,. Vic. Publisher Sun Books; Novelist, Poet, S.A. Vice-President Australian Society of Authors; Poet, Former Member C.L.F., A C T . Novelist, Vic. Journalist, N.S.W. Poet; Critic, N.S.W. Critic, Poet, N.S.W. Poet, Qld. Professor of Australian History, A.N.U., A.C.T. Playwright, N.S.W. Managing Editor, Angus & Robert­ son; Publisher, Nation Review, N.S.W.

Theatre, Arts Board

Mr Peter Hall (Chairman)

Mr T. C. Bray, c . b .e .

|. Mrs H. W. Houghton

Miss Marilyn Jones Γ Miss Joan Hammond : Mr Gary Hutchinson

; Mr John Stoddart

j M r Anthony Steel

ί Mr Tom Brown

i Mr Colin Cave

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j:. Mr Ron Haddrick

Mr Don Crosby Mrs Patricia Wynn iV

Architect, Sydney Opera House; Former Member of the Australian Council for the Arts, N.S.W. Former Managing Director Queens­ land Newspapers Pty. Ltd.; Former

Member and Deputy Chairman, Australian Council for the Arts, Qld. Former Member of the Australian Council for the Arts, Tas. Dancer, Vic. Opera Singer, Vic. Writer, Poet, Vic. Designer, N.S.W. General Manager, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust; Artistic Director Ade­ laide Festival, S.A. Theatre Consultant, N.S.W. Director C.A.E. Victoria (Vice­ President Arts Council); Vic. Actor, N.S.W. Actor, N.S.W. Vic.

Visual and Plastic Arts Board

Mr John Baily (Chairman) — Director, S.A. Art Gallery; Chair­

man, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, Painter, S.A.

Mr Ron Robertson-Swann — Sculptor/Painter, N.S.W. Mr Nigel Lenden — Sculptor, S.A./Vic.

Mr James Mollison — Director, National Gallery, Can­

berra, A.C.T.

'l' ■ ■ Mr David Thomas — Director, Newcastle Art Gallery,


Λ Mr Patrick McCaughey — Writer, Critic, Vic.

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Mr Lenton Parr — Sculptor, Director National Gallery,

Art School, Vic.

! ΐ ::· r - ·-Mrs Anne Lewis — Gallery A, International Committee

of Museum of Modem Art, N.S.W.

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Mr Fred Williams — Painter, Former Member C.A.A.B.,


Mr Len French Mr James Fleeson &:V Mr Udo Sellbach h - -

— Painter, Vic. — Painter, N.S.W. — Graphite Artist, Tas.

Crafts Board

Mrs Marea Gazzard (Chairman)

Mr Les Blakeborough

Miss Fay Bottrell Mr Ken Leveson

Mrs Joy De Gmchey

Mrs Joan Campbell

M r Maurice Isaacs

Mrs Marjorie Ritchie

Mr Dick Richards

Mr Kenneth Hood

Mr Tom Heath Mr F. Belgiomo Nettis

Ceramist; Asian Vice-President, World Crafts Council, N.S.W. . Community Crafts; Past Director Sturt Workshops; now at Art

Department, College of Advanced Education, Hobart, Tas. ■ ;

Textiles Weaver, Teacher, N.S.W. i Jeweller, Potter, Educator in Tech­ nical Colleges, Vic. ■

Director, Craftsman’s Market; In­ terior Designer, Qld. ^

Ceramist, Educator, Country and i Community Programmes Youths, W-A. i

Sociologist, Businessman, Collector, · ! N.S.W. |

Crafts Marketing; Eltham Com- i | munity, Vic. Jeweller, Administrator, Curatoran, * S.A. Gallery; Member Craft In- |

quiry, S.A. |

Curator, Decorative Art, National | Gallery of Victoria, Vic. Architect, Art Critic, N.S.W. Collector, Transfield Biennale; Chairman, Transfield Industries.


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