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.
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A video by Barbara Doran.
‘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: