Arts Monday

Mondays 10.30AM

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Presented by Jane Raffan & Margaux Dombkins & Leah Haynes & Toby Creswell


jane raffan3367 (smallest)Jane Raffan is Principal of ArtiFacts, an art services consultancy with a special interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.

Jane is a published author and writes regular art market commentary, critical articles on Indigenous art and governmental policy, and the occasional travel piece. Jane’s academic training was in art history at the University of Sydney, where she also completed post-graduate studies in law, concentrating on ethical dealing in art and cultural heritage. Jane is an accredited art valuer for the Australian Government’s highly vetted Cultural Gifts Program and Executive Committee member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia.

Jane’s interest in radio began long ago, when she was first interviewed on air about Aboriginal art while working in the fine art auction industry. She came to Eastside presenting the exhibition review segment, ‘Now Showing’, on Sylvia Rosenblum’s Art Wednesday program in early 2011.

Jane’s shows are indicative of the cross disciplinary range of her interests: from tattoo to photography; from ancient history to social history; from archaeology to Aboriginal art; from science fact to science fiction; and from contemporary art to conservation and environmental issues.

The in-depth focus of Jane’s programs is supported by a themed playlist drawn from a broad range of avant-garde Jazz, blues and world music and the occasional surprise piece or two.

Toby Creswell – My professional career is broadly described as journalism. Over the course of the last 20 years I have written a number of books, written and produced television, launched and edited magazines and web sites.


My career began when ink was still king. I wrote for various magazines and the broadsheet newspapers before becoming editor of Rolling Stone. Soon thereafter I formed a partnership to relaunch and publish the magazine in Australia. In 1993 I formed Terraplanet a media company that published 10 consumer magazines and a range of corporate titles.

Terraplanet’s magazines under my supervision as Editor in Chief have been awarded “Best Column”, “Best Feature Writing” and “Best Feature” at the Magazine Publishers Association Awards and “Magazine of the Year”, “Best Cover” “Best Feature” and numerous other awards by the Magazine Editors Association. Terraplanet was one of the first companies to embrace the internet but was destroyed in the tech crash.

My first book was Too Much Aint Enough, an authorised biography of Jimmy Barnes. Subsequent books have been:

Too Much Aint Enough (Random House) / The Real Thing (Random House) (with Martin Fabinyi / 1001 Songs (Hardie Grant) / 1001 Australians (Pluto Press) / Notorious Australians (ABC Books) / Love Is In the Air (ABC Books) / The Best 100 Australian Albums (with John O’Donnell & Craig Mathieson) (Hardie Grant) / We’re All Here For the Drowning (Shark Island) (i-Book) / The 100 Best Albums of All Time (Hardie Grant)

I began developing TV and film ideas in 1993. SBS commissioned The Natiuonal Karaoke Challenge from my concept and we produced one season of the variety show. Then we moved on to an 8 x 1-hour series Great Australian Albums – the most successful music series ever made in Australia; it’s been replayed ever since on SBS, STUDIO and MAX. Subsequent projects included two music films – Cannot Buy My Soul and Going My Way (with Paul Kelly and Neil Finn). In 2010 I made a film on the Vietnam War; All the Way which was highly acclaimed and nominated for a Walkley and Logie an won the United Nations Media Peace Prize. I have  made a few other projects as well.

My interest is largely in Australian popular culture and Australian history. I’m interested in telling stories with whatever medium comes to hand.

In 2013 I became involved with Eastside FM and this year have shared the Arts Monday chair. It’s the most fun you can have without getting arrested.

Dr Margaux DombkinsDr Margaux Dombkins –Join Margaux on Mondays for fascinating insights into the arts and culture at the heart of our community. Margaux’s shows stimulate the mind and enrich the soul.

Her wide-ranging guests and lively conversations introduce you to talented and knowledgeable creative individuals. Margaux takes a fresh, innovative approach – inviting you to see things from a different perspective and highlighting the quirky the surprising and oftentimes the controversial aspects of artistic and cultural endeavours – all with a touch of humour.

Margaux also produces and presents a variety of focused series such as ‘Australian Poets’. The music throughout her program is drawn from a broad range of genres that are inspired by her guest interviews. It’s a constantly evolving playlist and she is always striving to find great examples across all different styles with some eclectic surprises added to the mix.

In case you miss a show you can always catch the podcasts of Margaux’s interviews on

Outside of the studio Dr Margaux Dombkins is an executive director who works across a broad range of cultures and stakeholders for both public and private sector organisations in Australia and internationally. She is a former Fairfax Media journalist, editor, and publisher of a community newspaper.

Margaux has chaired a variety of Committees, Panels and Boards and was Chair of NSW Government Policy Committees in Arts, Cultural Heritage and Community Development, and in Transport and Communications. She has also lectured in business and communications at UNSW and has held the position of Professor of Management and Communication.

Recent Episodes

Arts Monday - 10:30am - Monday 20th February, 2017

Arts Monday - 12:00am Monday 20th February, 2017

Arts Monday - 10:30am - Monday 13th February, 2017

Arts Monday - 12:00am Monday 13th February, 2017

Arts Monday - 10:30am - Monday 6th February, 2017

Arts Monday - 12:00am Monday 6th February, 2017
10:34am Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam
RELEASE: The Best of Nina Simone - LABEL: Polygram
10:39am Cassandra Wilson - Strange Fruit
RELEASE: New Moon Daughter - LABEL: Blue Note
10:44am Dan Sultan & Scott Wilson - This Land is Mine
RELEASE: Cannot Buy My Soul - LABEL: Virgin/EMI
10:50am Neville Bros - A Change is Gonna Come
RELEASE: Yellow Moon - LABEL: A&M
10:54am Bob Marley & the Wailers - Get Up Stand Up
RELEASE: Songs of Freedom - LABEL: Polydor
11:10am James Blood Ulmer - This Land is No One's Land
RELEASE: Bad Blood in the City - LABEL: Hyena
11:15am Black Arm Band - We Have Survived
RELEASE: Murundak (Live) - LABEL: Independent
11:19am Black Arm Band - Solid Rock
RELEASE: Murundak (Live) - LABEL: Independent
11:42am The Harlem Experiment - One for Malcolm
RELEASE: The Harlem Experiment - LABEL: Ropeadope
11:46am Archie Roach - All Men Choose the Path They Walk
RELEASE: The Tracker - LABEL: Mana
11:53am Black Arm Band - From Little Things Big Things Grow
RELEASE: Murundak (Live) - LABEL: Independent

Arts Monday - 10:30am - Monday 30th January, 2017

Arts Monday - 12:00am Monday 30th January, 2017

Arts Monday - 10:30am - Monday 23rd January, 2017

Arts Monday - 12:00am Monday 23rd January, 2017
Sol Nation - Peace & Unity
RELEASE: Melting Pot
Skyhooks - Blue Jeans
RELEASE: Australian Icons
Barry Keldoulis - IV Art Month/Dr Margaux Dombkins
RELEASE: Dr Margaux Dombkins
Moonbabies - Shout It Out
RELEASE: Moonbabies At The Ballroom
Gotye - Eyes Wide Open
RELEASE: Making Mirrors
Seu Jorge & Almaz - Everybody Loves The Sunshine
RELEASE: Seu Jorge & Almaz
Patrick McCaughey - IV Dr Margaux Dombkins
RELEASE: Dr Margaux Dombkins
The Australian Voices - Kalkadunga Yurdu
RELEASE: The Australian Voices
The Seekers - I Am Australian
RELEASE: The Seekers
Horatio Neate (narrator) - My Country by Dorothea MacKellar
RELEASE: A Tribute
Judith Durham - Australia Land Of Today
RELEASE: Australian Cities Suite
The Seekers - Waltzing Matilda
RELEASE: The Seekers Complete
Judith Durham - Advance Australia Fair (Opening Chorus)
RELEASE: Australian Cities Suite

Arts Monday - 10:30am - Monday 16th January, 2017

Arts Monday - 12:00am Monday 16th January, 2017
Miriam Lieberman Trio - Summertime Again
RELEASE: Birds of the Moon - LABEL: Miriam Lieberman Records
Sisters Underground - Aint It True
RELEASE: Proud - LABEL: Volition Second Nature
Patti Smith - Redondo Beach
RELEASE: Horses - LABEL: Arista
Roy Orbison - Blue Boyou
RELEASE: Roy , Gene & Dion - LABEL: Warners
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
RELEASE: The Essential Johnny Cash - LABEL: Columbia
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Joseph Tawadros Quartet - Permission to Evaporate
RELEASE: Permission to Evaporate - LABEL: Independent ABC Classic
Lubomyr Melnyk - Pockets of Light
RELEASE: Coroallries - LABEL: Erased Tapes Records
Honeysuckle Rose - Ella Fitzgerald
RELEASE: Ella Fitzgerald Live - LABEL: Verve
Lucinda Williams - Dust
RELEASE: Ghosts of Highway 20 - LABEL: Ghosts of Highway 20 Records
Ajak Kwai - Let's Have a Good Time
RELEASE: Cows Women and War - LABEL: Independent