SA Premier Steven Marshall, right, listening attentively at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Image supplied.
In September last year, a newly elected Premier Steven Marshall handed down his government’s first budget. It was always going to be a signal for change, especially given that a Liberal Government had not been in power in South Australia for 16 years.
How that change was read by the SA arts sector was not wholeheartedly welcomed. The arts – like many other areas across the budget – faced substantial ‘efficiency adjustments’, more bluntly received as cuts, within months.