NSW must protect its crucial arts institutions

5/05/2020 1:34:00 PM

Sport is not the only form of entertainment that has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

Editorial: There is still huge uncertainty about the road ahead but one thing is clear: Sydney will lose its soul without a vibrant arts community

Sport is not the only form of entertainment that has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

has been a stark reminder that sport is not the only form of entertainment that has been put on hold by the pandemic.The venue, situated in the historic Eveleigh rail yards in Redfern, announced on Monday it had called in administrators, highlighting the severe impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on arts and culture.

Everything from international shows at the Opera House to gigs in local pubs and from art galleries to craft markets have been cancelled as part of social-distancing.For culture lovers, who on some counts are more numerous than footy fans, the cancellation of this year’s arts programs adds to the pain of self-isolation. They have to get their fix online and while the arts community is showing its creativity by finding ways to reach an audience, it’s surely not quite the same.

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Sydney sold its soul a long time ago, probably for a toll-road or a casino, or the right to drink and punch people in the head after midnight. Umm... institutionalizing Art is maybe where you went wrong on the first place? HindsightIs2020 Time to get real jobs Sydney has a soul? Real art isn't state sponsored

Gov't should invest. This is an 'exciting time'. If we get it 'right'... 😱 Arts is the least of anyone's worries... No more Gay Pride then?

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NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance to contest Eden-Monaroeasy to see why you would not vote for this man just by looking at his track record in New South Wales auspol Some clarification please - when he said he was quitting politics, he..lied? - given his emotional state only weeks ago, does he think he’s recovered sufficiently? - if so, was his emotional distress then not as severe as it seemed? - what has he done for E-M since? But, hasn’t he already made a commitment to the NSW state electorate of Bega? A four year commitment that he has only served just over one year of! He was elected in March 2019 & just walks away in May 2020 because a better offer comes along. Do politicians have true commitment?

the financial collapse of Sydney’s Carriageworks arts precinct has been a stark reminder that sport is not the only form of entertainment that has been put on hold by the pandemic.Larger text size Very large text size NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro will not contest the key federal seat of Eden-Monaro, paving the way for the state's transport minister Andrew Constance to make the switch to national politics.NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro bows out of Eden-Monaro race 03/05/2020 | 4min As NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is reportedly expected to declare he will not be running for the vacant seat of Eden-Monaro, Liberal Senator Jim Molan has told Sky News he’d “love to do it,” but has not yet made up his mind.Larger text size Very large text size NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has wound back criticism of Transurban for upping its prices during the coronavirus crisis, saying he doesn't want to go to war with the tolling giant given they will likely need to work together on future major road projects.

The venue, situated in the historic Eveleigh rail yards in Redfern, announced on Monday it had called in administrators, highlighting the severe impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on arts and culture. Everything from international shows at the Opera House to gigs in local pubs and from art galleries to craft markets have been cancelled as part of social-distancing. The Liberal party had been privately urging the Nationals to bow out of the looming byelection earlier on Sunday, claiming a new poll had indicated Mr Constance was the best option to win. For culture lovers, who on some counts are more numerous than footy fans, the cancellation of this year’s arts programs adds to the pain of self-isolation. He told Sky News host Paul Murray, whether Mr Constance runs or not is “irrelevant” to him and said it “won’t impact on me in anyway shape or form”. They have to get their fix online and while the arts community is showing its creativity by finding ways to reach an audience, it’s surely not quite the same. NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance is being urged to run in the federal seat of Eden-Monaro. The Opera House, for instance, is offering a digital season reprising some past programs and has new footage from the archives. He added that current tensions would not affect potential transactions between the government and company in the future.

Advertisement The collapse of Carriageworks raises the distinct likelihood that some treasured institutions will not survive the next few months. But the Liberals are urging Mr Constance to run on the basis of polling by research firm CT Group, formerly known as Crosby Textor, that shows a combination of his strong personal standing and wider support for the Morrison government. Favourite. Since it took over the abandoned Eveleigh Carriage Workshops in 2008, Carriageworks has been a great example of how arts centres can enliven local communities and Sydney’s wider cultural scene. It attracted about 1 million visitors last year to a mixture of live performances and art installations, while the growers’ markets on the site created a buzz at weekends. One Liberal said the results showed Mr Constance had significant loyalty in the Bega area because of his work as the local state member during the bushfires, countering Ms McBain’s support. The eclectic nature of its program, however, seems to be part of the reason for its financial distress. Unlike say the Opera House, which receives regular annual funding, Carriageworks depends on grants for specific projects – which have all been cancelled indefinitely. Politicians regularly brief on internal polling to claim a lead or manage expectations in a contest, and the Herald did not see the CT results. Credit: AAP "We're in a small pond in Australia in terms of options, I'm very concerned about the breadth and capacity that we will see in the post-pandemic world,” Mr Constance said.

The future of arts and culture in our city should be just as much a matter of concern as the debate about when the football season can restart. That applies both to the elite cultural institutions and to the grassroots community and youth aspects of the arts. Mr Constance has told colleagues he would like to "have a crack" at winning and is still considering whether to give up his state ministry and move to federal politics. Yet it could be many months, or years, before arts venues can get back to normal. While football codes are talking about restarting games for television in hermetically sealed stadiums, it won’t be possible to restart events such as music concerts inside a bubble. The gentlemen's agreement appeared to give NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian some confidence she would at least not have to face two byelections. Governments, especially at the federal level, must think hard about how the arts and culture sector will emerge from this crisis..

Incomes have evaporated for tens of thousands of arts and culture workers and because many are casual they cannot benefit from the JobKeeper wage subsidies. "This election should be about the seat of Eden-Monaro, it shouldn't be about anything else," Ms McBain said. The doubling of the dole, now called the JobSeeker benefit, is only a partial compensation. Arts groups might need special help beyond that available to other small businesses. Ms McBain did not name Mr Barilaro and skirted a question about his absence from the electorate during the early phase of the bushfires, when he was on holiday in Europe, but Labor tacticians are preparing to exploit the issue. The NSW government announced a welcome but fairly small $6.35 million relief package for the sector, which included tax relief for venues such as Carriageworks.. "It's unfortunate timing, no doubt about that, I understand why they did it.

Clearly, for Carriageworks it was not enough. The Australia Council has promised a $5 million national resilience fund for the arts. Loading Some are calling for NSW to drop grand plans, such as moving the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta, and to use the money for grassroots programs that will create more employment in the short-term. For a start, NSW should appoint a new arts minister to replace Don Harwin. There is still huge uncertainty about the road ahead but one thing is clear: Sydney will lose its soul without a vibrant arts community. Credit: Louise Kennerley Transurban chief executive Scott Charlton said the company was eyeing off potential investment opportunities with Australian governments post-pandemic as states look to invest billions in infrastructure to spur economic growth.

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