Networking culture: a strategic approach to cultural development in Western Sydney

University of Western Sydney
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Conference Proceeding
After Sprawl: Post-suburban Sydney, the e-Proceedings of the 2005 'Post-Suburban Sydney: The City in Transformation' Conference, 2006, 1 pp. 1 - 14
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In July 2005, a review appeared in the Sydney Morning Heralds Spectrum section, covering four of the `Western Front series of exhibitions at Blacktown Arts Centre, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery and at Parramatta Heritage Centre (in a series of six exhibitions), and the inaugural Agri/culture exhibition at the new Hawkesbury Regional Gallery at Windsor. The piece opens with the reviewer describing the drive towards a rainbow over Blacktown: things are starting to look a lot brighter in the western suburbs. Once upon a time there was nothing but concrete shopping malls to charm the visitor [along with] bricks and grime of suburban sargassos. Nowadays there is at least a tacit acknowledgement that culture has a place at the table, alongside commerce. There is also a recognition that communities without adequate cultural facilities are breeding grounds for boredom, vandalism, social misery and crime. An arts centre or theatre group can make a constructive contribution [to these problems] (MacDonald, 2005: 28).
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