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Arts Nation: An overview of Australian Arts

March 4, 2015

Arts Nation: An overview of Australian Arts

March 4, 2015


Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts is a new report which provides evidence as a catalyst for informed discussion about arts and culture in Australia. It will be an evolving report which fills a critical gap by creating and interpreting a set of national indicators to increase our understanding of the Australian arts industry.

What is in the report?

This first report delivers a selected set of initial indicators that enrich the existing evidence base for the arts. It builds on key data collections and research undertaken by over 100 arts and research organisations across Australia.
Eight leaders from across the arts sector shared their personal experiences and insights for Talking Points articles on the topics of Diversity and International.
The report also includes analysis on the arts and subjective wellbeing to measure the impact of the arts on personal satisfaction levels and more broadly on society.

What is in the Technical Appendix?

The Technical Appendix provides further information about the underlying methodology, data and trends of the Arts Nation indicators and measures. It includes data tables and sources. It also provides additional contextual information on similar measures internationally or in different sectors.


It isn’t possible for as many people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the theatre as it should be…[but] there are things that can be done and we need to concentrate more on them.

Janet Holmes à Court
Chair of the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Founding Patron of Black Swan Theatre Company