Decision Maker Response

Clover Moore’s response

Nov 18, 2014 — Sydney’s smaller creative spaces like TAP Gallery make a big contribution to the City’s cultural life. TAP Gallery’s years of work have given many artists opportunities to exhibit and perform.

While the City has an important role to play in supporting cultural life, we are also responsible for ensuring public safety. The City received a complaint about the fire safety of TAP Gallery’s performance space and we must ensure this issue is resolved. All venues must comply with their development consent and maintain minimum standards to ensure the safety of patrons and the public.

The City’s Cultural Strategy staff have also been working directly with the TAP Gallery Director and Board to help them deliver on its existing bookings and find longer term solutions. The City is aware that the value of small, hireable spaces like the TAP Gallery and we will be looking into how we can work with the business and community to meet this need through our Creative City Cultural Policy and Action Plan.