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So far Judith White has created 36 blog entries.

Edmund Capon’s legacy

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Edmund Capon 1940-2019 Edmund Capon, who has died in London at the age of 78, made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Australia. In his 33 years as director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, he never wavered in his commitment [...]

Government arts policy slammed in NSW report

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: People|

Inquiry finds poor planning and flawed business case  The NSW Coalition Government has breached its own Treasury guidelines and governance of the arts and culture sector needs a complete review, according to the final report of the Upper House Inquiry into Museums and Galleries. Released [...]

A call to action: Save our culture, save ourselves!

By | February 22nd, 2019|Categories: People|

By JUDITH WHITE  Soccer, refugees and the arts Former Socceroos captain Craig Foster has written an impassioned open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pleading for humane treatment of refugees. Waiting until refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi is safely home in [...]

Secret Sydney and the corporatisation of the arts

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

NSW Government ignores Sydney Modern concerns By JUDITH WHITE Five years after the Art Gallery of NSW first proposed construction of the grandiose $344 million extension known as Sydney Modern, the NSW Government has approved the Development Application (DA) for the project.  It has done [...]

Defend the Sydney Opera House

By | October 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

By JUDITH WHITE updated 8 October NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian faces a groundswell of protest against her unprecedented decision to turn the Sydney Opera House into a billboard for the gambling and racing industry. A demonstration against the decision has been called, to take place [...]

Secrets of cultural “planning” unmasked

By | September 23rd, 2018|Categories: People|

By JUDITH WHITE What a dark story emerges when the lid is lifted on the NSW Government’s much-vaunted “cultural infrastructure” spending! Evidence at the hearing on 12 September of the Upper House Inquiry into Museums and Galleries, held at Parliament House in Sydney, revealed a [...]

Governments, bankers and burning museums

By | September 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

By JUDITH WHITE When Brazil’s Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro burned down on 2 September, staff described it as “a tragedy foretold”. For years, successive governments had cut recurrent funding for the museum, whose collection of 20 million priceless and irreplaceable objects was the [...]

Truth telling and cultural amnesia

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

By JUDITH WHITE Truth telling and cultural amnesia Truth telling was the theme of this year’s Garma festival, held in northeast Arnhemland on the first weekend of August. It’s also a crucial element in the Statement from the Heart made by the indigenous National Constitutional [...]

The Branding of Sydney Modern

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: People|

By JUDITH WHITE The reappointment of Dr Michael Brand as director of the Art Gallery of NSW signals the Coalition Government’s determination to push ahead with building the $344 million Sydney Modern expansion on green space alongside the Harbour shoreline (digital impression above). News of [...]

NSW Government defies Parliament: Powerhouse to be vandalised

By | April 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

An act of governmental vandalism By JUDITH WHITE 28 April 2018 - updated 29 April NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Arts Minister Don Harwin in Saturday finally announced their plans to demolish the Powerhouse Museum, relocate it to Parramatta and turn its historic Ultimo site [...]