Media releases

2011 Premier’s History Award winners announced

Stories of multicultural Sydney, gambling in New York City, a string of post-war poisonings, manners in colonial Australia and a troupe of child performers have all featured in winning works […]

Published: 5 September 2011



Premier’s History Awards

NSW Arts Minister George Souris today announced the 16 shortlisted entrants for the 2011 Premier’s History Awards.

Published: 24 August 2011



Sydney Hosts World’s Most Outstanding Art Exhibitions

NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, today launched the second annual Sydney International Art Series, which brings the world's most outstanding exhibitions to Australia.

Published: 10 August 2011



Sydney the home of the Helpmann Awards

The prestigious Helpmann awards, which celebrate excellence in the performing arts in Australia, will be held in Sydney for at least another three years, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, announced today.

Published: 2 August 2011



Sydney under Harry Potter’s spell

The Minister for the Arts, Tourism and Major Events, George Souris announced today that Sydney has secured Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

Published: 8 July 2011



2011 Women and Arts Fellowship announced

Balmain-based visual artist Agatha Gothe-Snape has won the NSW Government’s 2011 Women and Arts Fellowship, Minister for the Arts, George Souris announced today.

Published: 8 July 2011



Government funding to transform State Library of NSW

The NSW Government has committed $3.65 million to transform the State Library of NSW‟s Macquarie Street building and enhance its status as one of the great libraries of the world, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, announced today.

Published: 6 July 2011



Nation’s premier arts precinct closer to reality

The transformation of Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay into Australia’s premier arts and cultural precinct is a step closer with the NSW Government today announcing a shortlist of organisations to be potentially located at the iconic finger wharf.

Published: 5 July 2011



Theatre scholarship for Sydney artist

Lewisham artist Rosie Dennis has been awarded the 2011 Rex Cramphorn Theatre Scholarship, Minister for the Arts George Souris announced today. Share options

Published: 28 June 2011



City poet for Sydney to be an Australian first

Sydney will be the first city in Australia to have its own City Poet who will celebrate the city's unique language and creativity, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, said today.

Published: 9 June 2011



NSW Government reclaims priceless piece of Australia’s history

An extraordinarily rare collection of natural history drawings – considered the missing part of Australia’s colonial past – has been reclaimed by the State and will be placed in its […]

Published: 7 June 2011



$100,000 for Aboriginal regional arts projects

Arts Minister George Souris has announced $100,000 in funding for nine Aboriginal art initiatives across the State.

Published: 26 May 2011



Library Management turns over a new leaf

New legislation introduced to Parliament today will give local councils greater flexibility to jointly provide regional library services, the NSW Minister for the Arts, George Souris said.

Published: 25 May 2011



Sydney artist wins 2011 Plein Air art prize

Rose Bay artist Noel McKenna has been named the winner of the 2011 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize valued at $50,000.

Published: 18 May 2011



NSW takes centre stage for Aboriginal culture

A funding injection of more than $1 million from the NSW Government will support new programs, partnerships and jobs in the State’s Aboriginal arts and cultural sector, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, announced today.

Published: 17 May 2011



10 literary greats to be added to Writers’ Walk

The names of 10 acclaimed authors whose lives and achievements will be enshrined in Sydney’s Writers’ Walk have been revealed at the official launch of Australia’s premier literary event.

Published: 17 May 2011