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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

Exemplary submission on Sydney Modern

A group of distinguished professionals has lodged an impeccably detailed objection to the Sydney Modern Project Development Application (DA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Running to 40 pages, it has been prepared by urban designer and architect David Chesterman AM, horticulturist Ros Andrews, former chair [...]

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Enough is enough – stop the war on culture

By Judith White It’s been a difficult year for many public institutions in Australia, but as it draws to a close we can take heart from the growing numbers of people ready to speak out against the governmental idiocy responsible. When writer and former Wallaby [...]

December 13th, 2017|1 Comment

Sport, art and the vanity project

Infrastructure spend and the corporate lobby  Rebuild Sydney’s sports stadiums at a cost of $2.3 billion? Gladys, you can’t be serious! It’s yet another ill-considered cash splurge of a kind all too familiar to supporters of cultural institutions. This isn’t just about sport – it’s [...]

November 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Time to rethink Sydney Modern – Have YOUR say

By Judith White The NSW government is on the brink of making another expensive blunder in arts policy, and it’s time for concerned citizens to speak out. On 15 November the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) revealed the final design for the massively ambitious expansion [...]

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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