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Powerhouse Museum still in danger

By | August 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

The Powerhouse Museum remains under threat from the cultural vandalism of the NSW Government. Six weeks ago the museum’s supporters were celebrating Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s backflip decision to retain the museum at Ultimo. But the backflip has turned into a 360-degree somersault. Staff are under [...]

How the Powerhouse was saved

By | July 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

NSW Government takes a wrecking ball to heritage

By | June 11th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Museum showdown on Macquarie Street

By | May 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Trainwreck at Carriageworks

By | May 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Downfall of a NSW Minister and the future for the arts

By | April 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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. [...]

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

By | March 18th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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) [...]

Culture and the climate catastrophe

By | January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

SOS for the arts against government attacks

By | December 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

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 [...]