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WESTERN SYDNEY ARTS AND CULTURE LOBBY WELCOMES GOVERNMENT FUNDING INITIATIVES FOR THE WEST

WESTERN SYDNEY ARTS AND CULTURE LOBBY WELCOMES GOVERNMENT FUNDING INITIATIVES FOR THE WEST

 

The Western Sydney Arts and Culture Lobby has today welcomed the announcement by the NSW State Government of the creation of a new cultural precinct in Parramatta and the relocation of The Powerhouse to Parramatta.

 

The group includes significant arts and cultural institutions right across Western Sydney and was set up this year to push for enhanced arts funding for Sydney’s west.  Currently less than 5% of arts funding goes to western Sydney, which is home to 30% of the state's population.

 

Commenting on the initiatives, Spokesperson David Capra said that the announcement was a good start in redressing this imbalance.

 

"It is heartening that the Government has listened to the compelling arguments for more arts and culture funding for Western Sydney. Western Sydney is indisputably the home of cultural innovation in Australia and has a rapidly growing and culture hungry audience.  It is a dynamic region that thoroughly deserves this renewed focus from the NSW State Government.

 

"We look forward to working closely with our communities and the NSW State Government to turn this vision of an enduring arts precinct in Parramatta into a reality. The Old Kings School would be the perfect site and could include exhibition spaces, production spaces, arts education and creative industries."

 

"Bringing the whole Powerhouse Museum to where people actually live will significantly bolster its attendance numbers and relevance and expose this great institution to the cultural diversity and cutting edge arts and cultural scene located in Western Sydney. Great things will come from this."

 

"We welcome the plans for Parramatta as well as those for Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown, but would also like to acknowledge the swathe of cultural institutions across greater Western Sydney and call on the Government to extend from this initial investment and develop well-funded and meaningful arts and culture initiatives and capital projects for Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Penrith."

 

"With the potential of the Powerhouse Museum moving to Parramatta, could the Art Gallery of NSW do the same and develop a new home in Penrith? This would add to the cultural dynamism already in Western Sydney, stimulate tourism and improve access and equity at the same time"

Media contact: David Capra 0432 366 943

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