The City will support a major new arts research project which aims to demonstrate the capacity of the arts to promote and create eco-sustainable urban cultural environments, subject to Council’s agreement of the Cultural and Community Services Committee’s unanimous recommendation on Monday.
Curating the City is a research initiative of the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Researchers and artists examine international case studies of sustainable arts projects to help guide Sydney projects, such as the urban renewal of Green Square. Local communities and artists will also have the opportunity to work with international experts in environmentally sustainable public art.
On Monday, the committee recommended that the City partner the Institute’s application for an Australian Research Council grant to support the project over five years. If the application is successful, the City will contribute cash sponsorship of $20,000 a year over five years. It is exciting that Object: the Australian Centre for Craft and Design and Digital Eskimo are also supporting the project.
- Officers’ report: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/MeetingsAndCommittees/2011/Committees/280311/cultural.aspx
- National Institute for Experimental Arts: www.niea.unsw.edu.au/