Save SCA

Philipa Veitch
Anonymous 132 Comments
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An open letter to Ms Belinda Hutchinson AM, Chancellor and Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Sydney from members of the concerned arts community. Over four decades Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) has been recognised as a world-class institution vital to the education of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. With alumni including Marc Newson, Ben Quilty, Jane Campion, Bronwyn Bancroft, Lindy Lee, Fiona Foley, Shaun Gladwell, Fiona Lowry and Justene Williams, SCA has been a cultural leader and has shaped who we are as Australians and our place in the world. The University of Sydney should celebrate the presence of a leading art school, as well as SCA’s global leadership in research and education.

However, in full awareness of the proposed ‘merger’ of Sydney College of the Arts with University of New South Wales Art and Design (UNSWA&D) at the end of 2016, we, the undersigned, call on the University of Sydney to:

  • Recognise that the proposed ‘merger’ with UNSWA&D will not lead to a centre of excellence but reduce the vitality of art and design education and research in New South Wales and Australia
  • Withdraw immediately from the Heads of Agreement with the University of New South Wales
  • Establish an external independent review of Sydney College of the Arts that is open, genuine and transparent in its consultation process with staff, senior artists and alumni, and contemporary museum and gallery professionals, to ensure SCA’s long term sustainability.
  • Recognise that Sydney, as a global city, must have a diversity of art schools as an essential ingredient for creating the optimum conditions that are part of building a vibrant creative Australia, and should retain the current number of 3 art schools, each with their own distinctive history, culture and mission.

  • Robert Bader
    Robert Bader Australia
    May 28, 2017
    May 28, 2017
    SCOTA helped me develop critical thinking and creativity in a free environment. People like Bob Jacks,
    Guy Warren and David Ahern were inspirational. Do not touch the college.
  • Gilbert Grace
    Gilbert Grace Australia, Gladesville
    Jan 30, 2017
    Jan 30, 2017
    Should be expanding capacity for art participation, the shrinking of the job market and reliance on extractive resources make it a necessity to fuel people brains - the alternative is antoher economic contraction, social and cultural collapse and fascism. Good for business, not so much for humanity.
  • Gary Finn
    Gary Finn Australia, Kingsgrove
    Dec 05, 2016
    Dec 05, 2016
    If I were an artist, I'd have wanted to attend SCA, where the leadership and reputation is. Definitely not NSW university, which is rather drab, formless and for want of a decent perspective on life.
  • Belinda Bonham
    Belinda Bonham Australia, Sydney
    Dec 05, 2016
    Dec 05, 2016
    So sad if SCA closes.
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