Here’s an interesting tidbit from this week’s Culturazi newsletter:
- Ainslie Arts Centre Out of Action
Inquiring recently whether I could hire a room at the Ainslie Arts Centre, I was first directed to Canberra Youth Music who were acting as centre management, only to find they’d recently relinquished control back to ArtsACT. Ringing the ArtsACT contact, I was advised that negotiations are under way for the Gorman House Board to take over management but that in the meantime, probably stretching over a couple of months, the centre was being run by two blokes up at ArtsACT and there were no arrangements in place for booking spaces and would be none till Gorman took over. Disregarding the minor annoyance of not being able to put my show on there, it’s really disheartening to see another government arts centre falling into the hands of the dreary, committee-bound hands of the Gorman board whose agenda, as seen from the outside, seems to be to stifle any spark of life and creativity that might otherwise flourish. Oh well.
It’s a big hunk of prime real estate they’re sitting on. Who are they running it for?