The investment is set to transform major cultural institutions, delivering much-needed infrastructure upgrades to landmarks including the Australian Museum and The Sydney Opera House.
Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the Budget balances significant infrastructure needs with a strong investment in exciting new programs and talent in the State’s arts sector.
Infrastructure investment in the State’s cultural institutions will include:
- $49 million for infrastructure upgrades to cultural institutions including the Sydney Opera House, Powerhouse Museum and State Library of NSW.
- $14 million to advance the plans for the Sydney Opera House renewal project.
- $11 million to enable the Art Gallery of NSW to proceed with the next stages of planning for major works.
- $7.2 million over two years to upgrade the Australian Museum.
Arts and Cultural Development Program highlights include:
- $11.3 million for the State’s 11 major performing arts companies including the Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre.
- $6.2 million to support the State’s major arts festivals - Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival and Biennale of Sydney.
- $1.8 million to key visual arts and craft organisations including Artspace Visual Arts Centre, the Australian Centre for Photography and the Australian Design Centre.
- $5.1 million in continuing support for the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Carriageworks.
- $2 million to the State’s 14 Regional Arts Boards to support sustainable arts and cultural development in regional NSW.
“The NSW Government is determined to maintain the leadership position we currently enjoy in the arts, cultural and screen sectors, and that means supporting creative excellence and innovation across regional, suburban and metropolitan parts of NSW,” Mr Grant said.