There have been two recent proposals two amalgamate Sydney art schools.
SCA was to amalgamate with UNSWAD (the old COFA) in 2017. Instead they will be forced from their Rozelle studios to the Camperdown /Darlington Sydney University campus, with no purpose built accommodation, and a major cut in staff. There is now a sit-in protest at their College in Rozelle in protest. In solidarity I demonstrated outside AGNSW, holding the banner.
The National Art School at Darlinghurst is also under threat, with ownership of the prpoarty changing from Dept of education to State, which has been at the heritage sandstone Darlinghurst The rally walked to Parliament House Macquarie Street to in the rain, blocking Oxford Street. The move is part of suggestions by the Baird Government to change the way the three Sydney art schools are run, essentially combining some of their operations with Sydney University and the UNSW.
“The move has drawn criticism from supporters of the arts who say the reason for making changes to the National Art School is part of a land grab by the Baird Government to sell off and develop the site of the school which sits on prime real estate in Sydney's Darlinghurst.
The ownership of the site recently changed from the NSW Department of Education to Government Properties NSW.” Brooke Boney ABC News 28/8/16