Media releases

Mike Nock recipient of Don Banks Music Award

21 January 2014

The Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to present the 2014 Don Banks Music Award to Mike Nock.


Artists celebrated at 6th annual National Indigenous Arts Awards

09 December 2013

The Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board is proud to announce the recipients of the National Indigenous Arts Awards.

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Frank Moorhouse honoured by Australia Council

01 November 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts has recognised the outstanding contribution of writer Frank Moorhouse AM by awarding him the 2013 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.
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Australia Council connects performing artists from Asia, Europe and Australia

21 October 2013

Performing arts leaders from Europe and Asia will descend on Melbourne next May as part of a knowledge and cultural exchange event to increase international collaboration and engagement.

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Australia Council drives discussion at National Writers’ Congress

17 October 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts Director Literature Jill Eddington and Literature Strategy Panel Chair Sophie Cunningham will inform writers and publishers how the organisation’s recent changes can provide strategic funding support...

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Supporting music to the tune of $1.3m

14 October 2013

Research shows involvement in the arts has wide-ranging benefits for young people.

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Research shows involvement in the arts has wide-ranging benefits for young people

27 September 2013

Research shows involvement in the arts has wide-ranging benefits for young people.

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Executive appointments complete Australia Council leadership team

19 September 2013

Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski today announced the appointment of two new executive directors to complete the organisation’s senior leadership team.
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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 >


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 >


Prestigious awards for community arts and cultural development leaders

25 July 2013

Three leaders in community arts and cultural development have been recognised by the Australia Council for the Arts at an annual awards ceremony held in Sydney last night.
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New Online Tools To Help Artists Market Their Work

25 July 2013

Australian artists seeking to promote their art nationally and internationally can now access helpful market development tools on the Australia Council’s website.
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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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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.


ISEA2013 showcases Australia’s electronic arts practice

12 June 2013

ISEA2013 showcases Australia’s electronic arts practice.

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Australia Council fellowships offer artists creative freedom

15 May 2013

Australia Council Chair Mr Rupert Myer AM today announced the 11 recipients of the second annual Australia Council Creative Australia Fellowships. The announcement was made at a special event at the Melbourne Recital Centre attended by the artists as well as a broad cross section of the arts community.
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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 >


The Australian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia will feature a new body of work by artist Simryn Gill

23 April 2013

Art Facts: Visual Arts outlines the story of the visual arts and craft sector in facts, figures and research.

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Leading artist and curator win major visual arts awards

06 March 2013

Internationally acclaimed contemporary artists Tracey Moffatt and the Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Juliana Engberg are being honoured today for their achievements in the arts. Read more >


Historic Australia Council Meeting in Canberra

15 February 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts marks its 40th anniversary in Canberra.

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National Dance Forum 2013 program unveiled

08 February 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes today’s appointment of Ms Fiona Menzies as Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Partnerships National Dance Forum 2013 (NDF2013) partners the Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National are delighted to announce this year’s packed discussion program..

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Creative Partnerships Australia CEO Appointed

06 February 2013

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes today’s appointment of Ms Fiona Menzies as Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Partnerships Australia. Read more >


International Art World Leaders Visit APT

04 December 2012

Acclaimed Indigenous dancer Gary Lang has been named the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board Fellowship: a prestigious $100,000, two-year grant.


National forum asks the question: Why dance?

20 November 2012

The National Dance Forum 2013 is set to continue the national conversation set in motion by the inaugural event in 2011. Providing a space for sector debate, discussion and ideas, the forum will focus on the central question, "Why dance?"


CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts to depart at the end of the year

19 November 2012

Ms. Kathy Keele, Chief Executive Officer, of the Australia Council for the Arts will leave the national funding and advisory agency at the end of this year.


UNESCO and Australia Council sign MOU for the Asia-Pacific

01 November 2012

Four artistic teams will harness the unprecedented creative possibilities of high capacity broadband with $350,000 through the Australia Council’s Broadband Arts Initiative.


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.


Celebrating 20 years of residencies with Time & Vision

16 October 2012

Over the past 20 years Acme Studios, London, has hosted 70 Australian artists in residence, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, resulting in an extraordinary body of work and career building opportunities.


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.


Broadband Arts Initiative

03 September 2012

Four artistic teams will harness the unprecedented creative possibilities of high capacity broadband with $350,000 through the Australia Council’s Broadband Arts Initiative.


Get the music facts

29 August 2012

Art Facts: Music, a new digital resource from the Australia Council for the Arts, tells the story of music in numbers.


Australia Council review announced

19 December 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes the review announced today by Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean.


Australia Council announces shortlist for Venice Pavilion redevelopment

23 November 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts today announced the architects shortlisted for the redevelopment of the Australian pavilion in Venice. The shortlist completes the first of a two-stage selection process endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects. Find out which architects were shortlisted >


Its a given: tracking private sector support for the arts

08 November 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts has today released a new report which analyses levels of private sector income of Australia Council funded key organisations for the years 2008 to 2010.


Let the proceedings begin: The 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture kicks off today in Melbourne

04 October 2011

The 5th World Summit of Arts and Culture kicked off earlier this morning with over 450 delegates from 74 countries gathering at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

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New director for IETM-Australia Council collaboration project

27 September 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts and IETM, the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, are delighted to announce Sophie Travers as the new Project Director for the IETM-Australia Council Collaboration Project.

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A profile of Australian cultural policies

15 September 2011

The Australia Council and the IFACCA are pleased to publish Cultural policies in Australia, prepared by Prof Margaret Seares AO. It offers an invaluable profile of arts and cultural polices across all spheres of government.

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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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Arts to help social recovery

09 August 2011

The arts will play a key role in disaster recovery with Federal and State Arts Ministers Simon Crean and Rachel Nolan today announcing $376,000 for a creative recovery project to be run in some of Queensland's most disaster affected communities.


Cultural Places initiatives provides a new approach to integrating arts in regional communities

08 August 2011

The Australia Council today announced a new initiative in partnership with Arts South Australia and Arts Queensland and local governments to develop two pilot Cultural Places initiatives which aim to strengthen regional Australian communities through arts and cultural projects.


Australia Council announces significant pledge to rebuild Australian pavilion in Venice

01 June 2011

As Australia opens its doors to its exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale Hany Armanious The Golden Thread - Australia Council announces plans for a new Australian pavilion in Venice.


Armanious' golden thread glows at the 54th Venice Biennale

01 June 2011

The Australia Council officially opened the Australian exhibition for the 54th Venice Biennale - Hany Armanious The Golden Thread - this morning at a press conference in Venice.


Australia Council applauds visual arts icons Professor Terry Smith and Elizabeth Ann Macgregor

20 May 2011

Contemporary art theorist Terry Smith and distinguished art director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor are being honoured for their innovative and meaningful contribution to Australian visual arts and culture, receiving the Australia Council Visual Arts Award and Medal respectively.


New investment in Australian artists

11 May 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes the budget announcement of $10 million in new funding for artists.


Top award goes to a tall poppy of Australian music

06 May 2011

The nations most valuable individual music prize the Australia Council Don Banks Music Award 2011 is being awarded to Belinda Webster, OAM, for her outstanding contribution to Australian music.


Hany Armanious takes off for the Venice Biennale

03 May 2011

Innovative Sydney artist Hany Armanious will be farewelled tonight by the Australia Council for the Arts at the Museum of Contemporary Art before setting off to represent Australia at one of the worlds most prestigious contemporary art exhibitions the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.


Leadership program builds tomorrows arts leaders

21 April 2011

Next week, 23 dynamic young Australians from across the country begin a journey to become the nations arts and cultural leaders of the future.


Mitchell review welcomed by Council

20 April 2011

The Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, James Strong AO, today welcomed the appointment of well-known business leader and philanthropist Harold Mitchell AC to lead a review of private sector support for the arts in Australia.


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.


National forum considers future of Australian dance

15 March 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National have combined forces to present the National Dance Forum this weekend in Melbourne.


Introducing theatres next big things

28 February 2011

The need to develop arts leaders is being addressed by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, which today announces new grants to help emerging leaders develop and share the skills of cultural leadership.


Simon Mordant appointed Venice Biennale Commissioner for 2013

23 February 2011

James Strong AO, Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, today announced that Simon Mordant will be the Commissioner for the Australian exhibition at the 55th National Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2013.


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.


Arts community members recognised in Australia Day honours

28 January 2011

The Australia Council for the Arts applauds the artists, arts workers, arts advocates and philanthropists who support the practice and enjoyment of the arts in Australia who were recognised in this years Australia Day Honors.


Arts and creative industries

27 January 2011

Australia should seek new and liberating ways to bring together the arts, popular culture and the creative industries, according to Arts and creative industries.


Australian theatre finds a new voice

25 January 2011

The Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts is providing funding and support for the establishment of a national advocacy network for the small to medium theatre sector in Australia.


Australian artists amongst the first in the world to be invited to a residency in the AlloSphere

22 December 2010

The Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to announce a world first for Australian artists. The Australia Council is inviting Australian musicians, sound artists and media artists working in sound to apply for a 3-month residency in the AlloSphere at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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.


Leading international curator selected for Australian Exhibition at Venice Biennale 2011

07 December 2010

The Australia Council for the Arts today announced that high-profile US curator Anne Ellegood has been selected to curate artist Hany Armanious 2011 Venice Biennale exhibition.


Community artists win top honours

06 December 2010

The Australia Council for the Arts celebrates the achievements of three outstanding community artists with the announcement of the 2010 Australia Council Community Arts and Cultural Development Awards, presented today by Julie Owens MP, Federal Member for Parramatta.


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.


Art, roller derby, zines and gaming - this is the Digital Culture Fund

08 October 2010

Novel arts experiences using digital technologies and live audience engagement are now emerging across Australia with the help of the Digital Culture Fund from the Australia Council for the Arts.


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.


Australia Council delivers international pathways for local bands

09 July 2010

The Australia Council for the Arts is giving 10 Australian bands the opportunity to take their music across the oceans through its International Pathways initiative, assisting contemporary musicians with the cost of touring internationally.


Business sees arts as good creative partners

08 July 2010

There is much potential for the arts to capitalise on the benefits they offer business, according to a new survey of corporate decision makers.


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.


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.


Australian 15-24 year olds are the new creative generation

01 March 2010

An Australia Council for the Arts survey of over 3000 Australians has revealed that 15-24 year olds are vastly more creative than any other age group.


Australia leads the way worldwide in theatre for young people

19 January 2010

A record number of Australias childrens theatre companies are appearing at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase, the worlds premiere gathering of performing arts professionals for young audiences, in Pittsburgh, USA.


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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