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The Powerhouse scandal: A case study in cultural vandalism

Beware governments that talk about community consultation, but in practice fall in with the wishes of the developers. At the end of July, after months of speculation and in flagrant disregard for her own government’s community consultation process, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that the [...]

August 22nd, 2017|12 Comments

Behind the Archibald controversy

By JUDITH WHITE Artist John Olsen first came to public prominence back in 1953, as a leader of art students protesting against the conservative Archibald Prize choices of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Board of Trustees. That's him on the left of the [...]

July 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Arts boards and the culture of secrecy

In 2007 the Australian Public Service Commission published a set of guidelines entitled Building Better Governance. Under the heading “Clear Accountability Mechanisms” it stated: “Australian Public Service agencies are accountable to the general public through the Parliament as well as to the Government. The success [...]

July 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Risks of gallery expansion

Last year international art consultant Adrian Ellis, an expert in new construction, wrote in the London-based publication The Art Newspaper about the trend away from the grandiose museum expansion plans of previous decades. He gave this warning: “The shoals and whirlpools of capital projects still [...]

July 4th, 2017|5 Comments

NSW arts budget 2017/18 – A howling case of spin

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet declared in his first state budget (June 20) that NSW was “the envy of the Western world”. Really? Not in the arts! What Perrottet delivered was not a budget of facts and figures but spin. The 34-year-old son of a senior [...]

June 21st, 2017|5 Comments

Call for a new start at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The NSW Coalition government will contribute $244 million to fund the Sydney Modern plan at the Art Gallery of NSW, according to The Sydney Morning Herald report tonight. The commitment is apparently contained in the NSW Budget to be presented to State Parliament on Tuesday [...]

June 13th, 2017|2 Comments