Uncertain future for Cockatoo Island

Will the bureaucratic 'swings and roundabouts' determining Cockatoo Island's use be a boon or a bust for the arts?
A figure in the centre of 2 buildings.

Released this week, the NSW Government kicked off its new summer campaign to get domestic tourists to visit Sydney – highlighting the jewel venues of the harbour city. Notably Cockatoo Island (increasingly known by the name used by the traditional owners, Wareamah) was not included.

The venue was also recently nixed by the Biennale of Sydney, which announced its venues for the 2022 edition of the important, expansive exhibition last month (17 November).

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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