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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

Culture and the climate catastrophe

This summer’s Australian bushfires, says Sir David Attenborough, signal a crisis point for Earth. They also signal a crisis point in the ideological struggle within Australia over the future of the country and the world we live in. Scrambling to repair his prime ministership from [...]

January 22nd, 2020|7 Comments

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|12 Comments

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