Scandals of Sydney’s museums

By JUDITH WHITE Corporatisation and the Powerhouse after-party The NSW museum sector has been alarmed by reports of an alleged drunken after-party following the $1,000-a-seat Fashion Ball at the Powerhouse last month. Chair of the Upper House Inquiry into Museums and Galleries, Robert Borsak MLC [...]

March 10th, 2018|1 Comment

Art Gallery hijacked by Planning NSW

By JUDITH WHITE Search for a construction manager The position of Director of the Art Gallery of NSW, currently held by Dr Michael Brand, has been put up for grabs just as the institution is about to deliver its response to the many objections to [...]

February 27th, 2018|5 Comments

Planning Minister in spotlight over Sydney Modern

NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts is caught in the spotlight over the mysterious process to provide approval for the $344 million Sydney Modern Project. Roberts, a spear carrier for the Liberal Party’s right-wing faction, will be the sole arbiter of whether the Development Application (DA) [...]

January 23rd, 2018|1 Comment

Sydney Modern Project placed under review

The NSW Government has been inundated with objections to the Development Application (DA) for the Sydney Modern expansion plan at the Art Gallery of NSW, forcing it to initiate a review of the grandiose $344 million proposal. Submissions from the public stand at a staggering [...]

January 14th, 2018|2 Comments

Say ‘no’ to Art Gallery entry fees

Since 1980, when Premier Neville Wran demolished the entrance turnstiles, admission to the Art Gallery of New South Wales has been free to all comers. The director he appointed, Edmund Capon, made it an article of faith throughout the 33 years of his tenure to [...]

January 8th, 2018|4 Comments

New Year in the culture wars

Welcome to 2018! It’s certain to be a year of battles for appropriate funding and resources to support public institutions, schools and colleges, and the communities they serve. Just before Christmas, while most people’s attention was on shopping or packing, two developments spelt trouble ahead [...]

January 1st, 2018|3 Comments