Something rotten in the City of Newcastle

A sacked director, tax troubles and public protests have not stopped Newcastle City Council pushing ahead with a restructure that Museums and Galleries experts say simply won't work.
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Shaun Gladwell’s video one of the work in the gallery’s rich collection gifted last year through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. It is on show this month. Source NAG.

Newcastle’s cultural facilities are facing uncertainty and controversy as the Council moves ahead with plans to remove independent leadership from its Museum, Gallery and Theatre.

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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