Leaders from a range of Sydney’s arts and cultural organisations, including representatives of more than twenty museums have joined forces to launch the Sydney Culture Network, an initiative driven by UNSW and designed to link Sydney’s galleries, libraries and museums.
The aims of the Sydney Culture Network - the first of its kind in Australia, is to build opportunities for the public to engage in data sharing, research, collaboration as well as to find ways to simplify access and engagement for visitors to the various arts, education and cultural spaces by enabling them to move much more easily between these cultural spaces, their collections and their archives.
The alliance will be publicly launched in mid-2018 and is the culmination of almost two years of discussions between 24 organisations, including the such iconic institutions as the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).
According to UNSW chancellor David Gonski, “Sydney Culture Network is about creating conditions for a new collaborative ecology that will foster even greater creativity and drive innovation. We want to elevate the value of culture, and to enhance the role of Sydney as an international hub of creativity and ideas.”
“This network will strengthen Sydney’s position as a cultural centre, that celebrates creative and cultural diversity and increase Sydney’s liveability and global competitiveness," says UNSW president and vice-chancellor professor Jacobs.
“The more we can work together, the better our understanding of the audiences we serve. I’m really excited about this new opportunity to bring to together some of Sydney’s leading arts, educational and cultural organisations into this innovative platform for collaboration,” according to dean of Art & Design at UNSW, professor Ross Harley.