Wednesday, 11 May 2016 09:37

Federal Election 2016: Arts and culture

Young child looking at an art installation in Western Sydney. Young child looking at an art installation in Western Sydney.


Western Sydney has long been a producer of quality artists and cultrual content, including sophisticated engagement with Pacific-Asian arts.

Existing cultural events such as Parramasala, Cabramatta Moon Festival and the Blacktown City Arts Prize all celebrate the diversity of Western Sydney and offer insight into the great potential for arts and tourism within the region.

During the last year much debate has centred on relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta as well as the development of a cultural precinct in this vicinity.

However, the relocation of this iconic institution is just the first step towards addressing much wider issue; disproportionate investment in Western Sydney arts.

Last year's Deloitte report, which was jointly funded by the Sydney Business Chamber in partnership with Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith City Councils highlighted that despite being home to one in 10 Australians, Western Sydney receives just one per cent of federal arts funding and 5.5 per cent of state arts funding.

In 2015-2016 the NSW Budget included a small increase in the percentage of funding dedicated to Western Sydney arts projects, however there is still a significant per capita funding discrepancy between this region and the Sydney CBD.

The 2016 Federal Budget did not include any measures to address this funding inequity.

Proportional investment in locally-relevant artistic exerpieces for Western Sydney residents - including world-class infrastructure, grants and support for Western Sydney artists and groups - will continue to be a priority for Western Sydney councils moving forward.


News articles from Western Sydney:

Sydney Morning Herald: Arts Minister on collision course with western Sydney and regional NSW over funding (Published 21 January, 2016)

Fairfax Community News: The Arts divide: funding for the arts still paints a picture of two Sydneys (Published 22 February, 2016)

Hawkesbury Gazette: We pay our tax, so we deserve a fair share of arts funding: Hawkesbury Mayor (Published 29 February, 2016)

Blue Mountains Gazette: Blue Mountains have put millions into infrastructure, but aren't receiving arts grants (Published 1 March, 2016)

Penrith City Gazette: Arts funding has only increased a "tiny amount" in Penrith (Published 1 March, 2016)

Blacktown Sun: Are we seen as just Holden and meat pies? Bali slams lack of arts funding (Published 3 March, 2016)

Parramatta Sun: Riverside's Robert Love sees a diverse arts and culture sector (Published 9 March, 2016)

Penrith Press: Anger over PM's call to leave arts and cultural funding off agenda (Published 18 May, 2016)

Liverpool City Champion: Better arts funding offers broader benefits (Published 7 June, 2016)


Further information:

Penrith's Cultural Identity (Published March, 2016)

Penrith City Council: Mayoral Arts and Cuture Summit (Published September, 2015)

Blue Mountains arts and creative industries advocacy report (Published February, 2015)

Building Western Sydney's Cultural Arts Economy: A key to Sydney's success (Published February, 2015)

WSROC response to: Framing the future: Developing an arts and cultural policy for NSW (December 2013)


WSROC media releases:

Media release: 30,000 arts jobs needed to tackle deficit (Published 16 June, 2016)

Ten reasons to invest in Western Sydney arts (Published 6 June, 2016)

Media release: Powerhouse Museum will move west (Published 18 February, 2016)

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