Melbourne’s rising occupancy costs have been forcing artists out of the city, in a pattern well known around the world. As a response to COVID, spaces are becoming vacant and city and state governments are giving temporary additional arts funding, but not with any long term policy plan. There is an opportunity to rethink and secure vacant properties to house arts activity into the long term.
Kate Shaw is an Honorary Senior Fellow, The University of Melbourne Disclosure statement: Kate Shaw has received funding from the Australian Research Council, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Gastwissenschaftsprogramm für Stadtforschung an der HCU (Fellows Program for Urban Research at HafenCity University Hamburg) .
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