Western Sydney Arts Alliance

Rebecca Varidel
8th Jul 2022

In a milestone for arts and culture in the region, the Western Sydney Arts Alliance (WSAA) has launched a vibrant campaign to amplify the region’s artists and cultural practitioners #LoveWSArts

Western Sydney Arts Alliance is a passionate advocate for the vitality and extraordinary distinctiveness of Western Sydney’s artists and cultural practitioners. Western Sydney Arts Alliance represents over 30 arts and cultural organisations and local councils. WSAA also represents artists' collectives, galleries, theatres, and performance, screen, literary and community organisations with artists and community-based practitioners.

Anne Loxley, Western Sydney Arts Alliance member and Executive Director of Arts and Cultural Exchange based in Parramatta, said that Western Sydney Arts Alliance activities directly reflect the demographic of Western Sydney itself, with First Nations communities at the heart.

"We acknowledge the people of the Dharug, Gundungurra and Dharawal Nations who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we tell stories and whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture, this land. Western Sydney Arts Alliance respects First Nations cultures and the more than 250 language groups that are spoken in Western Sydney, where communities express the diversity that is modern Australia," she explained.

"Western Sydney is Australia now" said Western Sydney Arts Alliance member Michael Dagostino, Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre. "We’re excited to launch these digital assets – a new website as a place to connect, social media communications and regular news bulletins to keep the community aware of what we do. We’re passionate about our role in shining a light on the vibrant arts and cultural activities, and advocate for the benefits to the community and beyond."

Alicia Talbot, Western Sydney Arts Alliance member and Manager Arts and Cultural Development of Blacktown Arts, emphasised that the Western Sydney Arts Alliance was also campaigning for support and recognition of the wealth of cultural activity in the region.

"WSAA will also highlight and speak to the critical need for local and state government support for creative infrastructure, such as studio and performance and exhibition spaces, and spaces for artists and creative communities to experiment and share work with audiences across the city."