The Sydney Opera House is not a billboard – sector speaks out

Anger across the sector as NSW Premier orders the Sydney Opera House to be used for horse racing advertisement – protested last night as lights turned on.
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Artist impression of Racing NSW submission to use the sails of Sydney Opera House for sport event advertising

In a story in the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday (5 October), it was revealed that NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, supported by NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole, had agreed that horse race The Everest 2018 be advertised upon the Sydney Opera House sails.

In the days that have followed there has been a huge sector and public outcry over the decision. ArtsHub recaps the events and reports sector support.

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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