Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:34

Time to support our home-grown arts – WSROC

August, 2013

The Federal Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Tony Burke, the NSW Minister for the Arts, the Hon. George Souris, the Federal Opposition Spokesman on the Arts, Senator George Brandis and the NSW Opposition Arts Spokesman, the Hon. Nathan Rees joined senior arts advocates and practitioners from Western Sydney to highlight the need for a review of arts funding priorities.


WSROC is calling on Federal and State Ministers to review the current priority for arts funding and infrastructure and increase support to grass roots artists in Western Sydney.

WSROC president Tony Hadchiti said the Forum held on Monday 19 August was successful in bringing together key decision makers together with local and regional artists and arts workers to discuss the important role of the Arts in community building and liveability.

“Too often we think of the arts as an indulgent luxury which is the first thing to be cut when times get tough but nothing could be further from the truth. The arts and cultural activities are what promotes communication and understanding across cultures and communities and brings richness and depth to our society.
“It’s time that our artists – and our arts lovers - were recognised and given the support and infrastructure required to allow a Western Sydney Arts scene to develop and thrive.”
Clr Hadchiti said the purpose of the Forum was to raise awareness of the need for improved Arts funding and infrastructure in Western Sydney.

“A thriving and well-supported arts industry is important for community building, place making and cultural interchange – having access to arts and cultural activities and facilities rates highly on the criteria for a region’s liveability,” he said.
“Currently Western Sydney residents need to travel to the city to access top level international arts and cultural performances, while our own grass roots artist are frequently overlooked when it comes to funding and exposure opportunities.”
“We hope that by holding this forum, and bringing together the key decision makers, funding bodies, arts advocates and practitioners we will be able to reignite the debate on the distribution of Arts funding and the importance of equity of access to building a vibrant and economically attractive region,” Clr Hadchiti said.
WSROC asked Western Sydney artists about the arts sector in the region, viewthis video to find out what they had to say.

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