Defunding fight gets personal as PACT fights back

A personal invitation to the NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, has been extended as PACT works to regain its lost multi-year funding.

Despite having lost their Create NSW multi-year funding at the end of July, the Erskineville-based PACT Centre for Emerging Artists is not taking the decision lying down.

There was ‘definitely shock’ when the decision was announced, said PACT’s Executive Producer/CEO Nuala Furtado, but the organisation has a number of strategies in mind to help them get through this challenging time.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts