National Art School (NAS) amalgamation proposal update on Randwick Council response -28th July 2016

Randwick City Council has deferred debate on a recommendation from its Mayor that it commit to support a growing campaign to stop the proposed merger of the National Art School with the University on NSW.

  • Update to previous story on this site.
  • Sydney Morning Herald coverage of the backlash from Sydney’s creative elite.

The recommendation will now be debated in a month’s time and includes a clause to promote an online petition by the Friends of the National Art School.

NAS petition 3In the meantime Greens Councillor Murray Matson states that he will be endorsing the recommendation to neighbouring Councils who form part of the School’s student catchment.

He says, “There would generations of artists who attended the National Art School from the eastern suburbs and inner west of Sydney. In fact ,all of NSW would form its student catchment area. Local Councils should rally to maintain the diversity in art education the NAS offers to their own local art plans.”

Randwick Council Recommendation

That Council:

1. Contact both the Friends of the National Art School (NAS) and the National Art School’s Student Representative Council committing our support for the campaign to end:

  • discussions on a proposed merger of the School;
  • establish comparable Federal support for the NAS to that given NIDA; and
  • to maintain the opportunities in educational diversity offered by the NAS at its current site and management model; and

2. resolves to promote the Friends of the National Art Schools online petition on Council’s own web site and in eNews services.


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