Community Arts and Cultural Development

Community arts and cultural development encompasses collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes.

The Australia Council supports community arts and cultural development artists, practitioners, organisations, projects and programs through a range of grants and initiatives. 

Our support is focused on priority areas including regional Australia, disability, young people, cultural diversity, emerging communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities, as well as specific critical social and cultural issues requiring focused attention. 

Community arts and cultural development is distinct from other arts practice as it is the creative processes and relationships developed with community to make the art that defines it, not the art form or genre.

Community arts and cultural development encompasses collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes.

2018 Australia Council Award recipients

Christian (Bong) Ramilo (NT) -  Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development

Christian (Bong) Ramilo is a self-described cultural activist who uses music, photography, theatre, poetry, and other ways of working with various groups of people to drive social change.

He was born in the Philippines and was active politically and artistically against the Marcos dictatorship. He migrated hurriedly to Australia in 1986 because of his political-artistic activities. He now lives and works in Darwin, where social and political issues continue to motivate his creative work.

Ros Bower Award is given to artists with a proven record of high achievement in community arts and cultural development, driven by the principles of equality, respect, and diversity.  It is named in honour of Ros Bower, a journalist, television producer, community arts pioneer and founding Director of Council’s first Community Arts Board. 

Past winners of the Ros Bower award include Steve Mayer-Miller (2017), Lily Shearer, Lockie McDonald, Steve Payne and Alissar Chidiac.

Edwin Kemp Attrill (SA) - Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development

Edwin Kemp Attrill is a South Australian theatre maker and community arts practitioner who works with people with disabilities, prisoners, LGBTIQ communities, young people, refugees and migrants.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of ActNow Theatre and the former Artistic Director of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Edwin’s work focuses on interactive theatre and participatory storytelling, exploring social issues and themes. 

Kirk Robson Award recognises outstanding leadership from young people working in community arts and cultural development, particularly in reconciliation and social justice.  It was established to honour Kirk Robson who tragically died in a car accident in 2005. He received the Council’s Young and Emerging Artists Initiative and was the Artistic Director of The Torch Project. 

Past winners of the Kirk Robson award include  Ali Kadhim, Nathan Stoneham, Shakthi Shakthidharan, Jade Lillie and Alexandra Kelly.

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