Arts Nation is the home for the Australia Council’s research and knowledge management. In 2015 the Australia Council published Arts Nation: An overview of Australian arts, establishing a set of indicators and measures of arts and culture in Australia. In 2017 Arts Nation became an interactive web presence. Online, Arts Nation continues and expands the work of the original publication, presenting the full range of Australia Council research in an interactive and accessible format.ABOUT
Do the arts matter to individual Australians and how do they impact our communities? How much do we create and participate in the arts, and which ones do we favour? Do we really think artists should have total freedom of expression? How is the digital revolution changing the way we experience and share art?
These questions are explored in Connecting Australians: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey. The 2016 survey is the third in a landmark series by the Australia Council for the Arts, following editions in 2009 and 2013.
This series provides a comprehensive picture of Australians’ evolving relationship with the arts in their daily lives. It encompasses engagement with the broad gamut of arts offerings across Australia, including from both commercial and not-for-profit organisations; engagement with free accessible public art; and creative participation at all levels from the hobbyist to the arts professional.
The state and territory results provide detailed data on arts engagement in the ACT, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
Explore the data through interactive dashboards, downloadable data sets and fact sheets for each state and territory.
Installation view of Choi Jeong Hwa’s The Mandala Flowers, Queensland Art Gallery, APT8, 2016. Credit: Brodie Standen
Australians’ arts engagement 2016
Arts Nation Research Library
- Artist Careers
- First Nations
By Art form
- Visual Arts
- Community Arts and Cultural Development
- Emerging and Experimental
READING THE READER
Reading the reader: A survey of Australian reading habits provides insights into contemporary preferences, behaviours and attitudes of Australians towards books and reading. The Australia Council has partnered with Macquarie University on this third and final stage of their three-year research project titled ‘The Australian Book Industry: Authors, Publishers and Readers in a Time of Change’.READ MORE
TYPES OF READERS
Based on people who read at least one book (in full or part) in the last year, 92% of Australians can be classified as book readers and 8% as non-book readers. Readers can be further separated into occasional and frequent readers.READ MORE
THE READER PROFILE
Showcasing Creativity reports on the level and types of First Nations performing arts programming in Australia’s mainstream venues and festivals; the presenting of works to audiences; and the motivations and obstacles for presenters and producers.
This research aims to promote and inform discussion about what is needed to achieve a culturally ambitious nation that cherishes First Nations arts.READ MORE
- National mapping of the programs of 135 Australian presenters found that First Nations performing arts are under-represented in Australia’s mainstream venues and festivals. They comprised around 2% of the almost 6000 works programmed in 2015 seasons.
- Almost half of Australian presenters did not appear to program works with First Nations creative control, involvement or content in 2015, including major venues and festivals.
- Some presenters program a comparatively large number of First Nations works. Just 12 presenters (9%) were responsible for more than a third of all First Nations programming in 2015.
Quotes from research participants:
Our theatres need to tell contemporary Australian stories and it’s incumbent on us if we’re telling those contemporary Australian stories, to tell the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander story.
I thought it was too hard hitting a work for this community. I didn’t have the courage to do it. And I probably should have… It was such a strong, brave, fabulous work.
So often Aboriginal arts get pigeon-holed as just something cultural, but I want to show that…it is evolving and there is innovation and there’s really exciting and talented artists that are producing fabulous work