help keep picas performance venue open.
the perth institute of contemporary arts recently announced its decision to suspend shows in its 105-seat venue for at least two years because of funding constraints.
options are now extremely limited for local and touring performance makers to showcase their work.
we need to send a loud message from the sector that this decision needs to be seriously reconsidered for the sake of the cultural vibrancy of perth. this petition will aim to collect a breadth of voices from artists, art and cultural workers, audiences and anyone who cares about the capacity for art to transform our experience of the everyday. in this petition we are united in the desire to see picas performance program continue.
if you haven't signed this petition, please do so. if each of you can persuade a friend, colleague or peer to sign then we've more than reached our target.
recent press coverage can be found here: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/latest/7696470/pica-exit-a-fresh-blow-to-centre/
we the undersigned call on pica, the department of culture and the arts, the australia council for the arts and the honourable john day minister for planning, culture and the arts to work together to find the additional funds needed and immediately reverse the decision to close picas performance venue for a period of two years due to financial constraints.
picas performance strategy which informs the programming of its venue has made a significant contribution to the live arts sector in perth. it is a catalyst for innovative and ground breaking art and culture. as a flagship contemporary arts venue, pica has provided opportunities for audiences to engage with local, national and international work and supported local dancers and performance makers to create and showcase innovative genre-busting work that is not constrained by convention. the loss of this venue will have a devastating impact on the community, on the cultural vibrancy of perth and on possibilities for artists and audiences to experience, the new, the risky and the experimental.
this is a call from the sector to take action and respond with a resolution that sees performance continue to thrive in perth.
thank you for your time