How the Powerhouse was saved

In an extraordinary about-turn, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that she will retain the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo and build a new museum at Parramatta. The fight to save the southern hemisphere’s finest museum of applied arts and sciences and its priceless 500,000-object collection [...]

July 8th, 2020|6 Comments

NSW Government takes a wrecking ball to heritage

By JUDITH WHITE The heritage core of the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney, is no longer open to the public. On 30 June the NSW Government will close it for good and begin tearing the institution apart. The threatened area of the award-winning building includes [...]

June 11th, 2020|34 Comments

Museum showdown on Macquarie Street

Museum showdown on Macquarie Street By JUDITH WHITE Today, Monday 18 May, is International Museum Day – so it’s ironic that some museum supporters and professionals in NSW will spend the day in yet another effort to protect cultural institutions from the predations of the [...]

May 17th, 2020|13 Comments

Trainwreck at Carriageworks

Carriageworks and the Powerhouse: failures of government policy The collapse of Sydney arts and entertainment centre Carriageworks has sent tremors through the besieged arts sector; but it also shows up the deep flaws in the NSW Government’s cultural policy, and is fuelling demands to halt [...]

May 13th, 2020|9 Comments

Downfall of a NSW Minister and the future for the arts

Harwin's fall NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin’s resignation on 10 April has sparked renewed calls for Premier Gladys Berejiklian government to abandon his cherished $1.5 billion, developer-driven plan to demolish the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo and relocate to a flood-prone site (pictured above) at Parramatta. [...]

April 13th, 2020|1 Comment

Arts budgets in the age of catastrophe: the case of NSW

By JUDITH WHITE In the panic over the coronavirus, arts organisation are pleading for support as performances and festivals are cancelled, museums and galleries close and whole areas of the country are threatened with lockdown. The sector’s union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) [...]

March 18th, 2020|1 Comment

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