Future degrees in jewellery and glass studies will no longer be available in NSW when the University of Sydney closes Sydney College of Arts in the Kirkbride buildings in Callan Park. Ceramic studies currently available at the National. Art School at Darlinghurst will also disappear if the school is shut down by the NSW Government, as feared. With the concurrent loss of most crafts and visual arts studies at TAFE colleges through out NSW this will bring to an end a broad based tradition of tertiary craft education established over a period of 60 years. It will be almost impossible for future generations of young people to become professional jewellers, silversmiths, glass and ceramic artists unless they study interstate or overseas.
It is an uncertain time to be a student of visual arts in Sydney, or indeed Australia. Funding cuts and campus shutdowns send a toxic message to young people whose ambitions and talents lie in the arts. These same young people are now fighting back – the past month has seen sit-ins at the Archibald Prize, citywide marches from all art schools, an ongoing occupation of Sydney College of the Arts, and 138 visual arts students lodging legal claims totalling $4.1 million in damages against the University of Sydney.
At 9min 55 sec.
‘Let SCA stay‘ protests continue, following the news of a proposal put forward by Sydney University, for Sydney College of the Arts to be moved from Callan Park to a new Camperdown campus. There is general dismay at the proposed cuts to staff employment and to the offered curriculum. Sydney Artist and former SCA Teacher and Associate Professor, Merilyn Fairskye joined Nic Healey on the line to discuss: