Current projects

Research Program

The Australia Council’s research program informs the implementation of the Australia Council’s Strategic Plan. To learn more about projects that are currently underway, click the links below. You’ll be able to find more information about the purpose and objectives of each of our projects, the team working on them, and access publications and other resources when they become available.

Arts And Cultural Attendance And Participation: Local Region Rates

Arts And Cultural Attendance And Participation: Local Region Rates

16 January 2017

From dancing in Darwin to art gallery attendance on the Gold Coast to creative writing in Parramatta, this interactive tool presents the proportions of people in local communities who attend and create the arts.

Showcasing Creativity: Programming and Presenting First Nations Performing Arts

Showcasing Creativity: Programming and Presenting First Nations Performing Arts

01 September 2016

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. It aims to promote and inform discussion about what is needed to achieve a culturally ambitious nation that cherishes First Nations arts.

Arts Nation Technical Appendix

Arts Nation Technical Appendix

03 November 2015

The Technical Appendix is a companion document to the 2015 Arts Nation report. It provides further information about the underlying methodology, data and trends of the Arts Nation indicators and measures.

Image credit: Longin Sarnecki. Courtesy the artist and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art Foundation.

International Arts Activity – Australian Arts Sector Report

29 September 2015

The Australia Council for the Arts has released a summary report that highlights the value of a strategic approach to international arts development and explores the existing activity and future priorities of the sector.

Building Audiences: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts

Building Audiences: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts

19 August 2015

This research is designed to help build audience development strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait arts.

Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts

Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian arts

04 March 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.

Surveys of Australian Participation in the Arts

The Arts Participation surveys give robust and detailed information on how Australians participate in the arts and their attitudes to the arts.

Art Facts

The Art Facts website provides an engaging and accessible way for users to digest key statistics about the Australian arts sector.

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