Wagons Reacts To Art Nation Axing
News posted Thursday, August 4 2011 at 10:00 AM.
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Shocked and saddened. This is how everyone’s favourite outlaw-country singer Henry Wagons has reacted to the axing of ABC arts program Art Nation this week.
Hosted by Fenella Kernebone, the weekly magazine show was among three cuts to ABC’s arts programming, with New Inventors and Collectors also falling pretty to tight budgets and a reported re-focusing of Auntie’s prime-time programming. While best known as frontman of his eponymous alt-country collective, Wagons has been moonlighting as the show’s roving presenter – or “village idiot”, as he told us in a recent interview – for the past three years.
Speaking to M+N this week, he said he was concerned about the implications of the axing for Australia’s arts scene.
“I loved being involved with Art Nation and dread to think about the impact its absence will have on the mainstream art coverage in this country,” Wagons told M+N.
“On a personal level, that show sent me to a huge variety of inspiring, thought provoking, and occasionally, plain weird art related events. The show made me a much more cultured individual than I deserve to be. Without it, I would have just been sitting at home eating Cheezels and watching primetime TV.”
Wagons will head out on the road this month for a series of solo shows. Dates and details here.