CITY ARTS BUDGET IS RATHER MEAGRE
I was disappointed recently to miss out on seeing the City of Stirling Art Exhibition due to being interstate during the five days it was open to the public.
Given that the City has a population nearing 250,000 people and that many of these have work schedules (eg nightshift, fly-in/flyout rosters) that have superseded the 'good old days' of predictable working hours of 9am to 5pm weekdays with weekends free, I would like to see the exhibition run for a longer period.
Ten days would be reasonable length of time.
This would make it possible to include two weekends and would mean fewer people would be excluded from attending because of limited hours. Or perhaps extend the hours on several days?
I would also like to see the prize money increased.
A budget of less than $10,000 this year seems very little, given the size of our ratepayer base.
By way of comparison Collie, for example, a town of less than 10,000 people, has just instituted a biennial Art Prize with prize money in excess of $60,000.
It begs the question of whether Stirling is really serious about supporting the arts.
DIANNE LESLEY, Karrinyup