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Governments, bankers and burning museums

By | September 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

By JUDITH WHITE When Brazil’s Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro burned down on 2 September, staff described it as “a tragedy foretold”. For years, successive governments had cut recurrent funding for the museum, whose collection of 20 million priceless and irreplaceable objects was the [...]

Truth telling and cultural amnesia

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

By JUDITH WHITE Truth telling and cultural amnesia Truth telling was the theme of this year’s Garma festival, held in northeast Arnhemland on the first weekend of August. It’s also a crucial element in the Statement from the Heart made by the indigenous National Constitutional [...]

NSW Government defies Parliament: Powerhouse to be vandalised

By | April 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

An act of governmental vandalism By JUDITH WHITE 28 April 2018 - updated 29 April NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Arts Minister Don Harwin in Saturday finally announced their plans to demolish the Powerhouse Museum, relocate it to Parramatta and turn its historic Ultimo site [...]

Don’s arts party

By | March 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The 2025 Summit and recurrent funding By JUDITH WHITE You’ve got to hand it to NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin – he’s stolen a march on the Labor Opposition in the run-up to the NSW State elections to be held in March next year. Harwin, [...]

Scandals of Sydney’s museums

By | March 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Art Gallery hijacked by Planning NSW

By | February 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Planning Minister in spotlight over Sydney Modern

By | January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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) [...]

Sydney Modern Project placed under review

By | January 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

Say ‘no’ to Art Gallery entry fees

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

New Year in the culture wars

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]