There’s been a lot of talk over the weekend about announced changes to the controversial public art program.
Oddly enough none of it has appeared online.
So I asked the Chief Minister’s office if there would be a statement on the subject and they have kindly provided this:
Statement from the Minister for the Arts, Jon Stanhope:
The economic downturn has led the Government to review its level of investment in public art and the recent decision to cease the Percent-for-Art Scheme.
New funding to the Scheme will be capped to $1.2 million each year over the next two years and then cease. The Government will then review its capacity to provide ongoing support for public art.
The decision to cease the Scheme has led to a re-examination of priorities within the now finite level of funding available. A key consideration has been spreading the benefit of remaining funds across the ACT.
The decision to discontinue the Major Canberra Artwork project has not been taken lightly. Issues raised by the NCA and the continuing level of uncertainty regarding the future of the City Hill site, particularly the strong potential for a change in the height of Vernon Circle, were also significant considerations in discontinuing the project.