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SOS for the arts against government attacks

The Australian summer has begun with two disastrous developments: out-of-control bushfires, and out-of-control governments waging war on the arts, sciences and civil liberties. The Morrison Government in Canberra and the Berejiklian Government in Sydney both seem hell-being on reversing key cultural gains of the past [...]

December 7th, 2019|5 Comments

NSW arts policy officially in ruins

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 [...]

August 29th, 2019|3 Comments

Arts vandalised in NSW 

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 [...]

July 18th, 2019|5 Comments

Arts, culture and the Australian elections

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 [...]

April 29th, 2019|5 Comments

Edmund Capon’s legacy

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 [...]

March 18th, 2019|11 Comments

Government arts policy slammed in NSW report

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 [...]

February 28th, 2019|2 Comments

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