In December 2023, Creative Australia announced its decision to defund Metro Arts from 2025 onwards.

In servicing both visual and performing artists, Metro Arts unwavering commitment to the independent arts sector and 43+ year track record is now faced with significant cuts that will undeniably reverberate at every level.

The community response to this announcement has been overwhelming as we have collectively come to terms with what this means for the sector. 

Feedback garnered from Creative Australia on their decision to defund Metro Arts outlined the organisation’s failure to show the impact of Metro Arts both locally and nationally. 

So, at this point, Metro Arts asks for your help.

We have put together an Open Letter to Creative Australia from our community – in support of Metro Arts.

We welcome you to sign the letter and share your Metro Arts experience – providing an example of how Metro Arts has impacted your journey within the Australian creative sector.

Now is the time to #SupportMetroArts. To show that #ArtStartsHere.

 

An Open Letter to Creative Australia in Support of Metro Arts.

 

To Robert Morgan, Chair of Creative Australia, and Adrian Collette AM, CEO of Creative Australia.

We write as a collective of creative voices.  We are made up of artists and arts lovers – those who understand that creativity drives cultural and social understanding. 

We write to convey our dismay at the federal body’s miscalculated decision to defund Metro Arts – the home of contemporary art experimentation, cultural storytelling and artist support in Brisbane – Meanjin. 

Over its remarkable 43+ year history, Metro Arts has been a beacon for contemporary art experimentation, cultural storytelling, and crucial artist support in the region.  

In recent years, the organisation has taken its esteemed community history to develop career pathways for thousands of artists and arts workers now working locally, nationally and internationally at the very peak of artistic experimentation and cultural development. 

Feedback garnered from Creative Australia on their decision to defund Metro Arts outlined the organisation’s failure to show the impact of Metro Arts both locally and nationally.  

Therefore we, the sector and community, now answer this call. 

As signatories to this letter, many of us attest to the impact of Metro Arts’ ongoing support as artists and arts workers.  

Like pinpoints on a map, our relationship with Metro Arts over the course of our careers indicates key periods of growth and advancement. 

Further to this, all of us attest to the significant impact of Metro Arts in the development of Queensland’s multi-faceted and inclusive cultural identity.  

As the only open-platform multi-arts incubator of new work in Queensland they are crucial to the cultural identity of the region. 

We sign this letter offering our own recollections of how Metro Arts has impacted our individual journeys. 

We do so to assuage further misunderstanding of the impact of Metro Arts as a foundational organisation central to the creative ecosystem of Australia.  

And we do so to hold our federal body accountable to all regions, where perhaps the impact is not clearly seen behind the veil of state boundary lines. 

As representatives of practitioners and the wider community, we come together to highlight the misstep of Creative Australia in this decision.  

And we put Creative Australia on notice as to the detrimental knock-on effect their decision will have into the future. 

 

Sincerely, 

The Metro Arts Community

 

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