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Browse media releases from the Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts

Screenability filmmakers destined for the big screen in 2021

3 December 2020

Emerging filmmakers with disability Samuel Martin, Danni Wright, Jacob Melamed, Digby Webster, Lauren Orrell and their teams have been selected to turn their filmmaking dreams into reality as recipients of the 2021 Screen NSW Screenability Filmmakers Fund.

New appointments for cultural institutions

3 December 2020

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today announced four new appointments and twelve reappointments across the NSW State Cultural Institutions, which will take effect from 1 January 2021 for three-year terms.

Free general admission to upgraded Australian Museum

26 November 2020

Visitors to the Australian Museum will soon be able to explore the $57.5 million renovation that has delivered an increase in floor space for exhibitions, the introduction of education facilities, a new museum shop open and a second café.

2021-2023 NSW Heritage Grants now open

25 November 2020

Grants totalling more than $5 million over a two-year period are now available for heritage projects across NSW. 

NSW Government live performance grants to revitalise CBD

20 November 2020

Music and performance will return to the CBD this summer thanks to $500,000 in NSW Government grant funding for live events over summer 2020/21.

$281 Million Boost For NSW Arts & Culture

17 November 2020

The arts, screen and culture sectors are set for a boost with the 2020-21 NSW Budget committing $291 million into new initiatives designed to attract investment, support jobs and reactivate the state’s cultural venues.

Netflix's Pieces Of Her secured for Sydney through NSW Government's Made In NSW fund

16 November 2020

Netflix’s Pieces of Her will call NSW home, with the new series delivering 400 local jobs and contributing an estimated $58 million to the state’s economy. 

Dennis Golding Names 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellow

13 November 2020

Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding has been named Create NSW and Artspace Visual Arts Emerging Fellow for 2020.

NAIDOC Week events supported to shine through November

9 November 2020

The NSW Government has supported a total of 95 community-led and COVID-safe NAIDOC Week events to take place during November, as the nation celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements under the 2020 theme of Always Was, Always Will Be.

Over $30m To Restart NSW Arts And Cultural Organisations

8 November 2020

In major step towards recovery, the arts and culture sector will soon receive $30.1 million through the second stage of the NSW Government’s Rescue and Restart package. 

It's showtime for NSW screen industry with record $175m investment for Made in NSW

7 November 2020

The NSW economy will be boosted and jobs created with $175 million for screen production through the Made in NSW fund under a landmark announcement made by the NSW Government today.

New appointments to MAAS Trust

6 November 2020

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced The Hon. Peter Collins AM QC, Langley Walker AO, and Mark Hassell as new appointments to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Trust.

Animation and VFX $100K pilot program to boost NSW digital screen talent

28 October 2020

The NSW Government today announced a new Animation and VFX Trainee Placement Pilot Program from Screen NSW with leading Australian visual effects and creative digital studios Animal Logic and Cutting Edge.

$7.4 million investment to progress NSW Closing The Gap commitment

28 October 2020

The NSW Government has announced funding of $7.4 million as a first step to begin State-based actions to support the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

NSW Government partners with Audible to deliver new $240k podcast program

15 October 2020

Frequency, a new $240,000 podcast program from Create NSW and Screen NSW in partnership with Audible, the world’s largest producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, will support the development of up to eight new Australian stories from NSW storytellers across various genres.

Parramatta's heritage buildings to be saved

8 October 2020

The NSW Government will relocate the historic Willow Grove house and retain the original heritage portion of St George’s Terrace in Parramatta to improve community access and pave the way for the flagship Powerhouse Parramatta museum.

Greater capacity at theatres, cinemas and corporate events

25 September 2020

Entertainment facilities including theatres, cinemas and concert halls across NSW will be able to increase their capacity to 50 per cent and corporate events at function centres will be able to welcome up to 300 attendees from next week.

New appointments for Artform Advisory Boards

17 September 2020

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has today announced 31 new leading arts and cultural experts from across the State have been appointed to join the 2020/2021 Artform Advisory Boards.

Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts And Cultural Program recipients announced

15 September 2020

The Local Government Authorities (LGA) Arts and Cultural Program will provide more than $6.6 million in total funding to councils across NSW to support the delivery of activities over the next three years. 

NSW Government leads protection of WWII heritage sites 75 years on

2 September 2020

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Pacific with the signing of the surrender documents aboard USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan.

NSW Government funding targets community-led Aboriginal suicide

2 September 2020

People in Aboriginal communities across NSW will have access to expanded suicide prevention support thanks to an investment of $7.7 million from the NSW Government.

State's koalas further protected with heritage listing of Sydney estate

1 September 2020

In a further step to protect the state’s koala population, the NSW Government has listed Mount Gilead Estate with its sweeping landscape and historic homestead in Sydney’s south-west, as an item of state heritage significance to be protected in perpetuity.

See the Beauty of NSW through an artist's lens: NSW Government supports Streeton

31 August 2020

Visitors to the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney will have the opportunity to see the beauty of NSW through the lens of iconic Australian Impressionist, Arthur Streeton, whose work captivated the nation from the 1880s to the 1940s.

Applications now open for NSW arts and cultural funding

27 August 2020

The NSW Government is today calling for applications from NSW individual artists, arts and cultural workers, practitioners and organisations for Round 1 of Create NSW’s 2020/2021 Arts and Cultural Funding Program. 

NSW Government over the moon to support major exhibition of renowned

17 August 2020

A major survey of renowned Australian-Chinese contemporary artist Lindy Lee will open in Sydney on Friday 2 October with the support of the NSW Government.

$1.7 million lifeline for NSW screen sector

6 August 2020

Eighteen NSW production companies hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic will be given a lifeline as the NSW Government today announced the recipients of more than $1.7 million in funding through Screen NSW’s new Slate Development Fund.

10th anniversary of the state's international heritage

31 July 2020

The NSW Government today celebrated the 10th anniversary of Australia’s key convict sites being added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

$10m in multi-year arts funding to foster the sector

30 July 2020

The NSW Government has announced the recipients of a $10 million multi-year arts funding boost to support 58 small to medium independent arts organisations for up to four years. 

Closing the Gap Agreement

30 July 2020

As Minister for Aboriginal Affairs I am pleased that the Premier has signed onto the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap on behalf of the NSW Government.

New Business Connect advisors to help the creative sector

15 July 2020

The hard-hit creative sector will benefit as five new Business Connect advisors get to work, providing free-of-charge advice to small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Carriageworks carries on

10 July 2020

One of Australia’s major arts and cultural institutions, Carriageworks, will emerge from voluntary administration with the announcement of a multimillion-dollar lifeline.

Statement from Don Harwin

10 April 2020

Today I have offered my resignation to the Premier as a Minister in her government.

NSW artists sought for Sydney Metro art

8 April 2020

Artists across the State are being called upon to submit expressions of interest to design new public artworks that will greet passengers when the 10 stations on the T3 Bankstown Line from Marrickville to Bankstown are upgraded to metro standards as part of Sydney Metro City & Southwest.

New Public Service Commissioner for NSW

8 April 2020

Special Minister of State, Don Harwin has announced leading lawyer and champion of initiatives to improve access to justice, Kathrina Lo, as the new NSW Public Service Commissioner.

Log on to the library from the comfort of your home

6 April 2020

Avid readers across NSW have access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and online content to stay entertained while staying at home, the NSW State Library reminded the public today.

New IRC Chief Commissioner Appointed

21 February 2020

Nichola Constant has been appointed as the first female Chief Commissioner of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).

Tradition meets tech as barracks reopen

20 February 2020

Visitors to the historic Hyde Park Barracks will be able to experience NSW’s convict past in vivid new detail as it reopens to the public this week.

1989 cabinet papers herald Greiner reforms

11 February 2020

The NSW Cabinet Papers of 1989 have today been published online by NSW State Archives, giving the public a glimpse into the inner-workings of the Hon. Nick Greiner’s Government in its second year in power.

Redistribution of electoral districts set for 2020

31 January 2019

The electoral districts of NSW will be reviewed in 2020 to ensure an even distribution of voters, in line with the Constitution Act 1902, Special Minister of State Don Harwin confirmed today.

New Powerhouse Museum design unveiled

17 December 2019

The design for the relocated Powerhouse Museum has been selected with Moreau Kusunoki [Lead Design Architect] and Genton [Local Design Architect] chosen to establish the first major museum to be based in Western Sydney.

Bold new era of arts funding deliver $7m for arts and culture in NSW

13 December 2019

Round 1 of the new 2019/20 Arts and Cultural Funding Program has delivered nearly $7.2 million in funding across Annual Organisation, Project and Creative Koori Projects categories.

Construction starts on Sydney Modern

13 November 2019

Construction works on the Sydney Modern Project have commenced, which will be an expansion that almost doubles the Art Gallery of NSW’s space, enabling more of our State’s art collection to go on show, as well as hosting more exhibitions from around Australia and the world.

Sydney wins rights to host WorldPride 2023

21 October 2019

Sydney has won the rights to host WorldPride 2023, the marquee international LGBTQI pride event.

Powerhouse to digitise vast collection

21 October 2019

The Powerhouse Museum today launched one of the largest digitisation projects in Australia with the Museum to digitally capture around 338,000 items from its extraordinary collection.

Safeguarding Indigenous people in custody

15 October 2019

The NSW Government is providing stronger protection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in police custody by implementing reforms following the inquest into the tragic death of Rebecca Maher.

Closing the Gap consultations begin in NSW

15 October 2019

Communities across NSW are invited to have their say on the development of a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

Birth certificates changing lives

8 October 2019

Nearly 1000 people from vulnerable and Indigenous communities have benefited from free birth certificates in 2018-19, helping them to access potentially life changing services.

Calga Cultural Landscape Heritage Listed

1 October 2019

One of NSW’s most sacred Aboriginal sites will be protected forever with the NSW Government announcing its State heritage listing today.

$500,000 to make it easier to do business

16 September 2019

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Don Harwin, and Minister for Finance and Small Business, Damien Tudehope, announced the funding, which will benefit small and medium sized businesses across the state.

Museums collaborate as record arts infrastructure build powers on

25 June 2019

Two of NSW’s most revered institutions will combine forces to keep the State’s cultural output thriving during a busy construction period.

Arts, screen & culture across NSW to flourish with $871 million investment

18 June 2019

Arts, screen and culture are alive and well with the NSW Government delivering an $871 million total investment in the sector, including a 22 per cent increase in recurrent funding for the 2019-20 NSW Budget.

Reflection encouraged on National Sorry Day

26 May 2019

The people of NSW are being encouraged to reflect on past treatments of the Nation’s First Peoples on National Sorry Day.

Six teams vie for new powerhouse design

9 May 2019

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has today announced the six global architect teams shortlisted to develop designs for an iconic new Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta.

Powerhouse home secured in Parramatta

10 April 2019

Western Sydney is a step closer to having its own world class museum with the purchase of the riverbank site for the Powerhouse Precinct.

Operator sought for iconic Theatre Royal

5 April 2019

The NSW Government has launched an Expression of Interest process to garner interest from Australian and international theatre operators in reopening Sydney’s Theatre Royal.

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