Sydney’s community arts scene has been dealt a blow with the decision by Council to remove the Archway 1 Theatre Company in Jubilee Park. This theatre and gallery space has been part of the Glebe/Annandale community for many years. They operate out of one of the archways in the viaduct in Jubilee Park. A 20 year plan to open the archways up will now see this important piece of community arts infrastructure moved on.
I first became aware the team at Archway 1 in my first term on Council. I was very impressed with what they had been able to achieve with their small team. In addition to their theatre productions and gallery exhibitions they also host community art classes, forums, talks and other community events. Their organisation has been a performance space and training ground for a number of local artists and creatives.
In a City that is in desperate need of new cultural infrastructure to support small to medium size creative enterprises this is the wrong approach. The City’s own Cultural Policy, which was launched in 2013, seeks to expand this type of operation within the local government area. Sadly, in this case, our ambitious Cultural Policy has been trumped by bureaucracy. I have called on the City to assist the Archway 1 Company in their search for a new home.
You can find out more about the Archway 1 Theatre Company here: http://www.archway1theatre.com/