Artshub have posted this video of federal MP Anthony Albanese addressing the protest at the AGNSW. Read the full story here:
Why We Should All be Fighting for the Arts – Catalogue
On the Threatened Closure of Sydney College of the Arts – Runway
JULY 12 – Challenge Sydney University to Provide Students with Skills Needed for the 21st Century – NAVA
JULY 7 – Art Attack – Alt media
JULY 6 – Students clash with police over Sydney University and University of NSW’s art campus closure plans – Daily Telegraph
JULY 6 – Let SCA Stay – Friends of Callum Park
JULY 5 – SCA: Sixty students to take on University of Sydney – SMH
JULY 4 – 300 students protest SCA closure at USyd Senate meeting – Honi Soit
JULY 1 – We’re starving our culture with cut after cut – SMH
30 JUNE -Fact Check: Are our art schools closing? – Artshub
JUNE 30 – Art school merger not like mixing paint – Altmedia
http://www.altmedia.net.au/116856/116856JUNE 29 – Sydney College of the Arts Closure: Who’s Next? – NTRO Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts
JUNE 29 – University management face angry staff and students over proposed SCA ‘merger’ – Honi Soit
JUNE 29 – Sydney College of the Arts students fight campus closure – Red Flag
JUNE 28 – No Friend of the Arts: University of Sydney slammed by associate professor for closing art school – SMH
JUNE 24 – Battle to Save Sydney University’s College of the Arts – Green Left Weekly
JUNE 21 – Two Sydney art schools set to merge – Arthub
JUNE 21 – Sydney University art school merger with UNSW sparks outrage among students – SMH
JUNE 21 – The Sydney College of Arts based at Rozelle will cease to exist after University of Sydney and University of NSW agree on merger – Inner West Courier
MAY 21 – College of the Arts denies plans to vacate Callan Park site – Inner West Courier Inner City
UNSW Art & Design Student Council ~ SPECIAL BULLETIN
Save Visual Arts Education at the University of Sydney – no to the closure of SCA!
SCA STUDENTS DEMAND ANSWERS: SCAR OPEN LETTER
JUNE 23 – Arts News; Sydney art schools to merge – ABC RN
JUNE 23 – Razors Edge – 2SER
JULY 4 – Students fight for SCA – SMH
JULY 5 – LET SCA STAY meets the USYD Senate
JULY 4 – SCA here to stay – Jamie Thomas Parker NSW Greens
JUNE 28 – LET SCA STAY goes to Provost Stephen Garton’s Presentation
JUNE 28 – SCA students evict their Dean and Provost from student meeting
JUNE 24 – SCAs auditorium was packed today with students
MARCH 2 – SCASS Meeting on the proposed merger of SCA with UNSW
FACEBOOK POSTS (IMAGES & VIDEO):
I completed my BVA at Sydney College for the Arts, and later went on to do my post-graduate Masters at the College for the Arts, now UNSW Art and Design. My decision to do so was based on not wanting a singular voice to inform my art education. If art is about a larger conversation, if it is about an exchange of dialogue, then that needs to happen, first and foremost, in it’s own local as a first step. We can not talk to the world if we do not know how to talk amongst ourselves. Anyone who suggests that a homogenous experience of the arts is a step towards excellence clearly has no insight into the multi faceted ways the visual arts are informed.
Indeed, the art inside this building here today would suffer for a lack of diversity. And we acknowledge that the art about to be unveiled here today in these exhibitions is only one small sample of the massive diversity out art institutions produce. A homogenised art will take decades for the rot to set in, occurring at the same time we celebrate what we have to lose. It will take many more decades to resurrect – and only then if there is the will.
I have been fighting for the last two decades on primarily the same issue, but at no time more important than today. As our cultural leaders boast ever increasing attendance figures to our institutions, and rightfully demand their expansion – which we support – do we as Sydney siders – a global city I am informed – want to be a city that produces our own culture, our own stories, or only one which imports it from elsewhere.
From the best available evidence to which has been made public, there is no merger between SCA and UNSWAD. This is a disappearance. It is a disappearance of a cultural legacy gifted to the University of Sydney under the so called Dawkins Revolution. In 1993, as a young boy from Tasmania, I applied to three institutions; College for the arts at UNSW, Sydney College for the Arts, and east Sydney technical college, now National Art School… Sydney College for the arts was the only institution that accepted me. As I stand here today, with my art exhibited inside this building, and celebrating many other international achievements, I ask you to consider that diversity isn’t just the voices these produce, but those that they accept. There is no way I believe a singular art institution, no matter how excellent, (and how unexceptionally so those are choosing to lead such an adventure), can truly represent the diverse range of voices which make up our city of Sydney.
Let’s be clear here for what we are fighting for: An infringement on our diversity – as artists, as a people, as a city as different from Melbourne or Adelaide or Brisbane. As different as SCA, UNSWAD, as NAS – A diversity of voices excites, it stimulates a confluence of opinions – a conversation. A singular voice is one, once again, no matter how excellent, is one easily controlled, even manipulated, by the state. Today, I ask you to celebrate diversity – because anyone moronic enough to champion a singular Centre for Excellence – without irony – has been completely unaware of the arts debate of the last twelve months – and do not deserve the privilege of leading our arts future.
Friday 15 July
Art Gallery of NSW
On Friday the 15th of July, students and supporters of the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) will be holding a peaceful vigil in protest of the proposed closure of SCA.
On the 21st of June, the University of Sydney announced that it had signed a heads of agreement with the University of New South Wales, which would close SCA and force current students to transfer to UNSW from Semester 1 2017. This decision was made without any prior consultation with students.
In 1976 SCA became one of the first tertiary art schools established in New South Wales. Today it has around 600 students, and its alumni include artist Shaun Gladwell, designer Marc Newson and film director Jane Campion.
Danica Knezevic is a current PhD candidate at SCA and a Sydney artist. “It is an absolute tragedy that the University of Sydney does not have the vision and respect for the arts to develop and maintain Sydney College of the Arts,” she said. “SCA is an integral part of the future of arts education in Australia and its demise would be a disaster for our culture.”
SCA offers a unique studio-based arts education under the guidance of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. For many SCA students, the exceptionally high calibre of academic staff was the key reason for choosing the University of Sydney. All current SCA staff have been asked to ‘reapply’ for their positions at UNSW, without any guarantee of future employment.
While undergraduate SCA students and those enrolled in the Master of Contemporary Arts will have the choice to remain enrolled in a University of Sydney degree, all units of study will be delivered by UNSW and follow their design-based curriculum.
This vigil highlights the plight of Sydney College of the Arts and coincides with the opening of the Archibald Prize, one of the most prestigious art prizes in Australia. Many artists who have graduated from SCA have exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and three have won the Archibald Prize: Ben Quilty, Cherry Hood and Fiona Lowry.
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