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.