Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts news

Indigenous Experimental Art Fund 2012

02 December 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.


Australia Council congratulates Arts Music Awards winners

27 August 2013

The Australia Council has acknowledged those nominated and the winners of this year’s Art Music Awards.Read more >


Australia Council-funded Artists to Exhibit in Moscow

15 August 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced five Australian artists have received grants to enable them to show their work at the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art next month..Read more >


Australia Council Congratulates National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award winners

15 August 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts has acknowledged all nominees and winners of this year’s National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.Read more >


Australia Council & IETM project director returns to Melbourne

15 August 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes back IETM project director Sophie Travers who has returned from her base in Brussels to continue her role in Melbourne. Read more >


Australia Council Congratulates Australian Arts in Asia inaugural award winners

02 August 2013

The Australia Council has acknowledged those nominated and the winners of this year’s Australian Arts in Asia Awards. Read more >


Australia Council Congratulates Helpmann winners

31 July 2013

The Australia Council acknowledges those nominated and the winners of this year’s Helpmann Awards. Read more >


Symbiosis: Living Through Art Exhibition Opens At Australia Council

23 July 2013

CEO Tony Grybowski today opened a new art exhibition showcasing works and projects developed by artists collaborating with communities across urban, regional and remote Australia.
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Key Trends for Major Performing Arts in Australia

20 July 2013

A new study into Australia’s Major Performing Arts sector in 2012 reveal encouraging growth in audience numbers, employment, new work presented and box office revenue across the 28 leading Australian companies.
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NAIDOC Week 2013

08 July 2013

The Australia Council officially observes NAIDOC Week 2013.

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New Australia Council Panels Allocate Extra Funding

05 July 2013

CEO Grybowski today said new Peer Assessment Panels have already commenced the work of allocating additional funding to Australian artists and organisations.

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New Australia Council Board Appointed

29 June 2013

The Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for the Arts today announced the inaugural members of the new Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

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New application process for indigenous arts funding

28 June 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts today announced a new application model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts funding after extensive consultation with stakeholders in the sector.

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Australia Council Bill approved by the Senate

25 June 2013

The Australia Council Bill 2013 – the new governing legislation for the Australia Council - was today approved by the Senate after passing through the House of Representatives last month.


Workshop brings together Indigenous writing sector

07 May 2013

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from across Australia will gather at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane from 9 – 10 May 2013, for the inaugural Workshop being presented by the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network.

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Leading Australian artist unveils large scale rooftop installation for major museum in Paris

29 April 2013

The critically acclaimed musée du quai Branly in Paris will soon be home to a dynamic new installation by leading Aboriginal Australian artist Lena Nyadbi Read more >


Australian arts and culture central in Asian Century

29 October 2012

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes today’s release of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Lowy Institute.


Achievements in community arts celebrated

21 September 2012

Pioneering community and cultural artist Meme McDonald will be awarded the prestigious Ros Bower Award, worth $50,000, for an outstanding, life-long contribution to community arts and cultural development.


Achievements in community arts celebrated

20 September 2012

Pioneering community and cultural artist Meme McDonald will be awarded the prestigious Ros Bower Award, worth $50,000, for an outstanding, life-long contribution to community arts and cultural development.


Australia Councils triple bill of results: Developing market demand for our Indigenous arts

26 August 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the delivery of three exciting new projects in the Indigenous performing arts sector: the National Indigenous Touring Consortium (NITC), the Emerging Indigenous Producer Mentorships (EIPM), and a National Indigenous Playwrights Conference.


Australia Council backs our emerging Indigenous producers in the performing arts

22 August 2011

The Australia Council is pleased to announce the establishment of four mentorships for emerging Indigenous producers. Congratulations to Joshua Bond, Lara Croydon, Alison Murphy-Oates and Rosealee Pearson.

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Performing Lines selected to take the lead of Australia Council�s new Indigenous touring consortium for theatre and dance

08 July 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Performing Lines to establish and manage the National Indigenous Touring Consortium - a key project of the Australia Council's Indigenous Market Development Strategy.


Open application for a climate-related art commission

20 December 2010

Groups of artists and/or scientists are invited to submit an application for the creation of a new artwork conceived in the context of climate change. The budget is $A30,000.


Artistic vibrancy a new measure of success

14 September 2010

The Australia Council for the Arts has become one of the worlds first funding agencies to tackle the issue of how to measure the artistic vibrancy of the companies it funds.


Regional artists earn less but love the life

26 August 2010

Australians are showing an unprecedented love of the arts, but our artists remain amongst the lowest paid in our society especially in regional Australia.


Health check for careers of Australian artists

17 August 2010

Artist Careers, two research projects released today by the Australia Council for the Arts, paints a comprehensive picture of the working lives of Australias 44,000 professional artists.


Arts cubed: join the digital challenge

27 July 2010

The What makes me website (www.whatmakesme.com.au), launched today by the Australia Council for the Arts, invites all Australians to share their own stories about what the arts add to their everyday lives.


Song Cycles shows Indigenous musicians have a tough gig

28 May 2010

The talent and quality may be there and so is audience interest but new research shows that only a fraction of the rewards and airplay is going to Indigenous musicians.


Thorpe gives Red Ochre to leading dancer

27 May 2010

Artistic director, dancer and teacher Michael Leslie will tonight be honoured with the Australia Council for the Arts $50 000 Red Ochre Award, for his lifetime of achievement in Indigenous dance.


Registration opens for Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct

17 March 2010

Registration is now open for art dealers, including agents, galleries and arts centres to register their interest in becoming signatories to the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct.


JUMP into a new mentoring program for young artists

18 January 2010

The Australia Council for the Arts today launched JUMP Australias largest national mentoring program for young and emerging artists.


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