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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 >


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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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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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.


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.


2012-13 Sector Plans release

05 July 2012

Sector Plans for 2012/13 are now available.


Australian Poetry to lead Australian poetry

05 April 2011

The launch today of poetry exhibition, Ribbons of Cursive, Razors of Font, at the Australia Council for the Arts heralds the arrival of a new national body for poetry, Australian Poetry.


Congratulations to Shaun Tan on receiving Academy Award

02 March 2011

Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan has received an Academy Award this week for his 15 minute animated short film, The Lost Thing.


Opening the window on digital culture

02 February 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts presents a new exhibition featuring a vibrant array of Australian digital culture by artists from across artforms.


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.


State writers' centres join forces to form Writing Australia

15 December 2010

Five state-funded writers centres from around the country will combine forces to form a new national organisation called Writing Australia, in a new Literature Board initiative announced today by the Australia Council for the Arts.


Dr Peter Kocan wins Australia Council's Writer's Emeritus Award

24 November 2010

Prolific writer Dr Peter Kocan will this afternoon be honoured for his longstanding commitment to Australian writing, receiving the Australia Council Writers Emeritus Award.


2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

17 November 2010

In her first cultural event as Prime Minister, Julia Gillard presented the following speech at the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. She took the opportunity to talk about her support for the arts, the importance of the NBN as a way for the arts to expand their reach and the future of the national cultural policy in Australia.


A case for literature: The effectiveness of subsidies to Australian publishers 1995-2005

01 November 2010

A case for literature, a new report to the Literature Board of the Australia Council has shown the vital impact its publishing subsidies program has had on the industry. It has also prompted the Board to re-consider the way it funds Australian publishers.


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.


More reasons to Get Reading! in 2010

05 March 2010

Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced a fresh new name and 10 new author ambassadors for Australias largest annual promotion of books and reading.


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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