On the night of 10th April, State Theatre in Sydney was completely packed for City Talk: What creative life do you want for Sydney? It is rare to see a council opening its doors to welcome public opinions and suggestions. But Lord Mayor Clover Moore and City of Sydney council were brave enough to face the challenge. With the Keynote speaker Carol Coletta, CEO, ArtPlace America and the discussion panel comprising of 6 renowned personalities in Australian art industry including Nicole Durling, senior curator of MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), the scrutiny of art life and artists’ initiatives in Sydney, all over Australia (in particular Tasmania) and America was full of different ideas.
Richard Roxburgh had a great introduction where he said “I just want to be able to stumble upon fun.” He suggested that the art should happen everywhere and anywhere and that it should surprise people. All the speakers talked about their inspirations, experiences and suggestions making two hours of the evening extremely resourceful, engaging and entertaining at the same time.
However, to my surprise and disappointment at the same time, architecture was not mentioned even once. While talking about MONA – one of the finest museums in Hobart, Tasmania having both excellent architecture and art collection – the focus was on policies, funding and programming. I hope at some point the council and our society recognise the importance of architecture and urban design in creative industry.