Around Australia today the term ‘street artist’ took on a far more political edge. Placards and megaphones replaced brushes and easels, as artists and art-lovers came out in force to protest the Coalition government’s recent funding cuts.
With more than 60 arts organisations already having lost funding in the past month, members of the arts and theatre industries took to the streets in major cities throughout Australia for a ‘National Day of Action’.
High-profile actors including Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving have thrown their support behind the campaign, and will take the message to theatre audiences all the way up to election day.
As with most things these days, social media has driven the campaign, with #IStandWithTheArts having become a rallying call for the movement. But rest assured, protesters will be looking for much more than a retweet from the Turnbull government.
The National Day of Action may be coming to a close, but those wanting to register their support can still do so by signing the petition at the National Association for the Visual Arts wesbite.
We can either get on board, or get ready to say goodbye to more of the arts. Chris Prindiville