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The ASA has called for a coordinated funding framework and more direct investment in writers and illustrators in a submission to the NSW Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy consultation.
The consultation for the new Arts policy opened in July this year, and seeks to use the Federal Government’s National Cultural Policy, Revive, as a starting point to build a vision for the arts in NSW. We’re delighted that the NSW Government will deliver a policy which aligns with Revive, which has laid plans for a new approach to investment in literature.
There is a vibrant literary culture emerging in NSW, with popular regional festivals, supportive writing organisations across the state, and a growing cultural hub in Western Sydney thanks to literary organisations such as Sweatshop, WestWords and Bankstown Poetry Slam supporting local writers. Yet, these successes have largely been achieved without a strategic literary policy from the NSW Government. There is an opportunity for Create NSW to seize on this momentum and commit to the state’s unrealised potential as a creative literary hub.
In our submission to Create NSW we called for:
The consultation process for the NSW Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy has been extended to 8 September 2023. Create NSW plans to launch the new Arts Policy in December this year.
We thank the NSW Government for the opportunity to consult on the policy. Our submission will be available to read in full upon its publication on the Create NSW website. The ASA also joined the Australian Publishers Association, BookPeople and the Australian Library and Information Association in a joint submission from the Books Create Australia alliance.
The ASA will make a submission to the consultation for a 10 Year Vision for Culture and the Arts in Western Australia and continue to take opportunities to advocate for authors and illustrators around the country on a state level.