The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is starting to ask some useful questions about the public art program:
Since 2007, the ACT Labor Government has spent on average around $4,300 each day on street sculptures, ACT Shadow Arts Minister Vicki Dunne said today.
“The 37 works I have been able to identify which have been installed across the ACT since 2007 have cost well over $8 million,” Mrs Dunne said.
“Only eight of these works were by local artists.
“The Canberra Liberals are not opposed to public arts funding. What concerns us is that under the ACT Labor Government, opportunities to promote other art forms are being lost.
“Historically, ACT Labor’s strategy has been little more than to pander to the personal street art obsession of the former Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, while other artists barely get a look in. And the current Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and the Arts Minister, Joy Burch, have only perpetuated that directionless approach.