NSW commits to artist-led development of Creative Industries policy

A statewide consultation process in July and August aims to ensure artists and arts workers can contribute to a new cultural policy for NSW.
A map of NSW dotted with pins suggesting where public consultations might be held for the new policy.

The NSW Government will hold an extensive consultation process across the state to ensure artists and arts workers have direct input into the first ever Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy for NSW.

Minister for the Arts John Graham last week released a discussion paper, A New Look At Culture, focused on ways to grow the state’s arts and cultural sector – which employs almost one in 10 people in Greater Sydney – in a way that is led by the people involved in the arts and creative industries.

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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