WBAC has been working hard on plans for the proposed Walsh Bay Arts Festival in December this year. We are delighted that we can now move ahead as our application for seed funding was unanimously approved by Sydney City Council on 7th April. Council sponsorship will consist of a cash grant of $30,000 and value in-kind of up to $20,000 for banner pole hire, subject to availability. 

Legislation to license James Packer's new Sydney casino passed the New South Wales Upper House on 20 November by 27 votes to seven.

The controversial $1.3 billion project at Barangaroo will be the city's second casino and is expected to be open for business from November 2019.

Clan is a new photographic book by renowned dance photographer Greg Barrett, in collaboration with Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page. It celebrates the past, present and future of the company, brilliantly captured in more than 150 striking images - part physical, part spiritual.

Bangarra’s current priority for improving development capacity is to implement a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. This will enhance and streamline the development of Bangarra's multi-disciplinary programs, providing the company with the necessary, capacity to grow their relationships with audiences and supporters.

Their objective is to raise $50,000+ by February 2014 for a new CRM system, to be matched by Creative Partnerships Australia in the Plus1 Project,  a new initiative to assist not-for-profit arts organisations. This means that every dollar you pledge to Bangarra is worth two - and every dollar helps!

The 19th Biennale is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join their team from February to July 2014. Biennale volunteers have the chance to go behind the scenes, meet like-minded people and interact with artists from around the world. If you love art and enjoy engaging with the public, you can apply now to be a part of the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Volunteers will assist across various areas, including exhibition, public and education programs, and market research. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And if you’d like to mix with Biennale artists, supporters and international celebrities of the art world, you can buy your ticket to Sydney’s biggest art party for just $150. Or if you become a Friend of the Biennale for $250, you’ll receive these great benefits:

Amplify your art is a professional development grant program for NSW artists with disability, designed to assist individual artists in all art forms to further their practice through professional development. 

Previous recipients have undertaken a range of skills development projects in art forms including sculpture, poetry, dance, ceramics, music, print-making and digital media.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has announced that it is preparing a planning application seeking to modify the Concept Plan for Barangaroo Central, and on 11 November released an online display of the Central Barangaroo revised MasterPlan framework. (HERE)

After the application is lodged in the next few months, it will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoPI)
The aim of the new Master Plan is to “ensure that Central is a vibrant, active and accessible part of the wider precinct with welcoming public spaces and a diverse mix of residential, commercial civic and cultural uses.”

Walsh Bay and WBAC are always pleased to welcome newcomers, especially dynamic entrepreneurs like Nathan Kam and co-owner Zenta Staley, who have just opened Hickson’s Wine Bar at 17 Hickson Road, opposite Pier 7.

Both have connections with Firefl,y the previous occupants of this space, but as this is their first business venture and they don’t intend to be influenced by the past, it has just been completely refurbished : “Our philosophy is to bring more energy to one of Sydney’s first waterfront wine bars…. we wanted to utilise the obvious benefits of the space but make it more approachable by providing seasonal sharing plates, paired with a wine list that supports smaller growers who make their own wines.