Shock as arts budget slashed in South Australia

The sector is facing a $4.9 million reduction in funds in 2018-2019, including the dismantling of Arts South Australia. Requests for meetings with government have gone unanswered.

Windmill Theatre Company, whose production Pinocchio is pictured above, are no longer part of Arts South Australia’s portfolio. Photo credit: Brett Boardman.

The South Australian arts sector is reeling following the announcement of the Marshall Government’s first state budget on Tuesday (4 September).

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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