Stirling Times - - Opinion -

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

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