Mapping Western Sydney

SGS Economics & Planning have been commissioned by Arts NSW to map the arts and culture landscape in Western Sydney.

This is a key action under Create in NSWthe NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework. The mapping of the arts and cultural landscape will provide Arts NSW with a strong evidence base on which to make investment decisions into the future.

The Policy includes actions to enable more Western Sydney residents and visitors to participate in and enjoy the arts.

In February 2015, the Government committed $30 million over four years to grow the Western Sydney arts and cultural sector, including an additional $7.5 million to support artists and organisations based in Western Sydney.

SGS will be gathering information across 14 local government areas on relevant economic, social and demographic data from Western Sydney. They will also undertake desk top research, consultation and data collection about arts and culture in the region, consulting with local Government, arts organisations and artists to best understand the complexities of Western Sydney arts and cultural landscape.

SGS has a track record assisting arts organisations – from flagship institutions to local activists – to make richer contributions to their constituencies. They have been involved in the development of arts and culture policy and programs in a wide range of metropolitan and regional settings. Two recently completed assignments include Mapping the Arts and Cultural Landscape of Regional Victoria for Creative Victoria, and the development of the 2014 Cultural Institutions Investment Framework commissioned by Infrastructure NSW and Arts NSW to develop an investment framework to guide state investment in NSW’s major cultural institutions.

Executive Director Mary Darwell said Arts NSW is pleased to be working with SGS to develop a quantitative account of creative activity, participation, needs and opportunities for this vibrant and diverse arts and cultural sector in Western Sydney.”

Torin Allen from SGS has said SGS is very excited to be engaged in this project with Arts NSW. Our experience in understanding policy, mapping networks and shaping strategies for the arts and culture landscape, shows our commitment and support of a healthy and developed arts and cultural future.”

Findings from the research will be submitted for review to Arts NSW in December 2015.

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Published: 17 September 2015