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Developing an Arts and Cultural Policy for NSW


Minister for the Arts, George Souris, has released on public consultation the Discussion Paper, Framing the future, developing an arts and cultural policy for NSW as the first step in developing the State’s first Arts and Cultural Policy. The discussion paper is a key step in the State Government’s progress towards developing an Arts and Cultural Policy (the first for the State). The paper was developed through discussions between the NSW Government agencies (such as Arts NSW) and key stakeholders – including the Regional Arts Network of NSW and the 14 Regional Arts Boards that make up this network.

The discussion paper is wide ranging but framed by key segments including;

  • Artists
  • Cultural Organisations
  • People
  • Regional NSW
  • Venues and Spaces
  • Screen
  • Digital technologies
  • Government Funding Programs

Following considerable interest from arts and cultural participants in the Central West of NSW, Arts NSW have added an additional facilitated workshop at Dubbo on 11 December 2013, to allow a greater range of regional stakeholders to contribute to the development of the policy.

Details are:

Date: Wednesday 11 December
Time: 11am – 2.30 pm
Venue: Western Plains Culture Centre, Dubbo

If you would be interested in participating, please register by emailing

We also encourage you to forward this email to your networks and spread the word about how the sector can get involved.  Download the discussion paper at

If you aren’t able to make it to the discussion forum, feedback can be provided to Arts NSW via:

Face to face consultation forums will be held in Sydney and regional NSW. These forums will be facilitated by an independent consultant and will allow detailed analysis and commentary on the Discussion Paper to focus advice from stakeholders on the most effective actions by the NSW government.