The NSW Government is considering letting Sydney Opera House take over operations at Carriageworks, which called in administrators on Monday.
The Eveleigh venue folded after it was forced to cancel a number of major events due to Covid-19 including the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and Vivid shows.
A report in The Sydney Morning Herald suggests that the government was in talks with the Opera House Trust about managing the venue before it went into administration. The government had not confirmed whether it would commit its annual grant funding of more than $2.5 million to Carriageworks this July.
If the Opera House took over the running of Carriageworks, the government would be free to appoint a new body to take over the lease via an open competitive tender process.
Labor’s treasury spokesman Walt Secord has called for an emergency rescue package for the arts sector.
“Carriageworks is the tip of the iceberg; there are so many other arts groups and organisations as well as individuals who are in absolute strife and at risk of going the same way as Carriageworks,” said Secord.
“This entire sector of the community has been ignored by the government … they have been completely left out in the cold, without the government offering a single cent of support.”