Published 01 June 2019
State Library of NSW
Not all public institutions are devoted to blockbusters and cultural elitism. Regrettably, contempt for the masses is not anachronistic.
Western Sydney can be seen as another city with another culture. This is not quite accurate, but it is the fasted growing region where the bulk of the younger population of the city live. And it has art.
Published September 1994
Once a very marginalised group, the gay and lesbian communities have now become a part of mainstream Sydney culture.
Really the only way to understand the apparently large Sydney art scene is to use diagrams and statistics, all of which were compiled by the author.
Sydney thinks of itself as the centre of the country, the only part that matters, but in the lucrative art market, Sydney is subsidiary to the old moneyed city of the south -- Melbourne.
Looks at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Sydney NSW and the role it plays in supporting and marketing indigenous art.
Reconciliation, redevelopment and community involvement have transformed a Sydney power station into a regional arts centre - Liverpool Power Station.
Interview with Frank Watters (photographed in article).
Exhibition review Laws of Physics/Principles of Mathematics
Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre
8 April - 7 May 1994
Since their inception, galleries and museums around the world have entertained the principles of marketing, but perhaps never so consciously as now. Of all Australian arts institutions, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has been most aware of the need to market its image.
Exhibition review Aroha Terrace, Forestville
In the last issue of Artlink 9Vol 14 No 2 - the art of survival) we looked at an innovative art program being run in Adelaide. The 1994 bilboard project at Aroha Terrace Forestville continued until the end of the year, with different artists represented each month.
In the air, on the ground ( and water too). Sydney is undergoing an unprecedented interest in public art. Artists, curators, academics, contemporary art spaces, museums. commercial galleries, architects, urban designers, town planners, local government, arts councils and ministries - all are involved in varying degrees in making, discussing, supporting or promoting public art. Major fold out of William Yang's photographs.
Nowhere is the art of Sydney's youth more obvious than in the public sphere. Discussion with Linda Forrester a researcher of the creative culture of graffiti, street machining and skate boarding.