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So far Judith White has created 39 blog entries.

NSW arts policy officially in ruins

By | August 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Arm’s length funding of the arts is the hallmark of a government attempting to work in the interests of the people. It prevents the arts being used as a political football, and together with peer assessment fosters the development of creativity. It was the founding [...]

Arts vandalised in NSW 

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

Minister Harwin dismisses key report Buoyed by the re-election of the NSW Berejiklian Government in March, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin is ploughing ahead with the controversial move of the Powerhouse Museum (above) from Ultimo to Parramatta. He has at last responded to the [...]

Arts, culture and the Australian elections

By | April 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The Federal election on Saturday 18 May has profound implications for culture, heritage and the arts – and voters would be well advised to take heed of what is happening in NSW. By JUDITH WHITE NSW – a case study in cultural vandalism Since its [...]

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 [...]