The University of Sydney will not be progressing with a proposed merger of the Sydney College of the Arts with UNSW Art and Design.
In June the University announced it had signed a Heads of Agreement with the University of NSW to consider merging the SCA into UNSW Art and Design.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, has now advised the University of New South Wales that, despite the best efforts of all involved, he believed the two institutions have a different vision of what a centre of excellence in the visual arts might entail and, in particular, the extent to which it is important to preserve the SCA’s distinctive tradition.
The University will now progress with plans for the SCA to become a part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, signalled in the University’s 2016-20 Strategic Plan. A draft change proposal was released to staff for the purposes of consultation on Tuesday 9 August 2016.
The SCA will begin to move to the Camperdown/Darlington Campus from the beginning of 2017. This will enable the SCA to take advantage of the opportunities for interdisciplinary research and teaching created by proximity to so many relevant disciplines, and allow those disciplines to enhance their work through greater engagement with the visual arts. The University is exploring all options for appropriate accommodation on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus and will be making an announcement about a new home for the SCA in the coming weeks.
This transition arrangement will allow community events at Rozelle to proceed as planned, including scheduled major exhibitions and the Laneway Festival.
Late last year Chinese-Australian artist and Sydney College of the Arts lecturer Lindy Lee completed her biggest sculptural work yet, The Life of Stars, in China. Lindy Lee’s next big project is much closer to her home in Sydney.