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Sydney gives their verdict on the Powerhouse Museum’s $500m transformation

By SASHA FOOT The NSW Government announced yesterday a $500m conversion of the Powerhouse Museum to a fashion and design institution.  The decision comes after many years of uncertainty surrounding the Powerhouse Museum’s future in Ultimo.  Museum specialist and Powerhouse Museum Alliance spokesperson Kylie Winkworth expressed disappointment at the planned transformation.  “[The investment is] destructive […]

Powerhouse Museum transformation a ‘broken promise’ from the NSW Government

Opinion by KYLIE WINKWORTH After almost a decade of Liberal Party mismanagement of Ultimo's Powerhouse Museum, NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced a $500 million transformation of the precinct into a hub dedicated to fashion and design. It comes as another chapter of epic waste, stupidity and policy incoherence from the NSW Government, […]

Breaking up the Powerhouse Museum: 10 Years of the LNP at Work

Opinion by KYLIE WINKWORH The NSW Government has hacked away at the Powerhouse Museum for the last ten years, relentlessly cutting its budget, gutting the museum of expertise, competent leadership and good governance, undermining public trust, and making museum policy on impulse round the campfire.  In 2011 when the LNP came to power MAAS had […]

Museum of Flood Engineering and Innovation at Parramatta

Opinion by KYLIE WINKWORTH For the second time in 13 months the Parramatta River broke its banks last weekend and washed across the site of the Powerhouse Parramatta development. It was a bad look for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) which is trying to raise $75m for the project. Museums and dirty […]

Art for reconciliation

By ALLISON HORE A new program for schools in Sydney’s CBD and Inner West is helping connect students with local Indigenous culture and identity. The new “Pathways to Reconciliation” program was developed by Reconciliation NSW and funded by the City of Sydney’s cultural and creative grants and sponsorship program. Fort Street, Bourke Street and Newtown […]

Artists take a stand against Parramatta Powerhouse

By ANTONIA MANGOS Although the Powerhouses’s Ultimo location has been saved, the NSW Government’s decision to press ahead with the construction of a second Powerhouse museum in western Sydney has sparked a public outcry.  After months of deliberation from the government, a second Powerhouse museum is set to make its mark in Parramatta on the […]

Saving a national treasure

By ALLISON HORE Living just a few steps away from the doors of a much-loved Sydney attraction has made this couple passionate defenders of it. Ultimo locals Patricia Johnson and Jean-Pierre Alexandre started the “Save the Powerhouse” campaign back in 2015, just following then Premier Mike Baird’s announcement the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo would be […]

Big win for Powerhouse Museum

By ALLISON HORE Five years after the decision was made, the NSW Government has backflipped on the plan to move the Powerhouse Museum from its Ultimo site to a new location in Parramatta. The relocation and staged closure of the Ultimo museum, which was expected to cost between $420m and $645m, was due to start […]

Green ban might save Willow Grove

by ALEC SMART A Green Ban has been served on the heritage-listed Willow Grove villa and 1881-built St George’s Terrace cottages in Phillip St, Parramatta, by the CFMEU construction union. The historic buildings were facing demolition for the NSW Govt’s proposed new Powerhouse Museum building. The state government’s project also involves razing the historic tram […]

‘Temporary reprieve’ for Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum

Opinion by ALEC SMART Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, which faces demolition and most of its exhibits put into storage for up to five years while NSW Govt build a smaller, milk-crate-shaped alternative in Parramatta, has been granted a temporary reprieve. Due to close on 30 June, the demand for last-minute tickets has been so […]