Art should not be by postcode: report calls for a fair share

Report finds staggering inequality of arts and culture funding, skills shortfall, and infrastructure support for Western Sydney.

The State of the Arts in Western Sydney report was launched today (16 March 2023) with a call-out for the region to be ‘given a fair share of arts and cultural funding’.

It shows the data is staggeringly askew. Western Sydney represents 10% of Australians today (and is home to 50% of Sydney’s residents) – and is on a sharp growth trajectory expecting to reach a population of 3.4 million people by 2041 – and yet the region only received 3.4% of Federal funds between 2015 and 2023, while Eastern Sydney received 23% comparatively. The same story is echoed across state funding data, presented by the report.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina