Surveys of Australian Participation in the Arts

Brief description

The Arts Participation surveys give robust and detailed information on how Australians participate in the arts and their attitudes to the arts, to help the arts sector understand its audiences and policy makers understand its value to the public.

Objectives

  • Explore emerging attitudes and ways of engaging with the arts. 
  • Provide a sound base of evidence to lead and support a national conversation about arts and culture in Australia.

Overview

This research paints a comprehensive picture of how Australians participate in the arts today, providing a benchmark for the health and significance of the arts in Australia. There have been two surveys in this series to date: one in 2009 and one in 2013. Analysis of the 2013 survey, published in the report Arts in Daily Life, paint a positive picture. Overall engagement with the arts is up since the 2009 survey (published as More than bums on seats), and public attitudes to the arts are highly positive, for example:  

  • Australians think the arts enrich our lives.
  • Australians value Indigenous arts and there are great opportunities to grow audiences.
  • The arts are important in the lives of Australian children.
  • More Australians are participating in the arts – especially by making art themselves.

Resources

National Report

National report

You can access the full national report in PDF and HTML version to come.
Also access the technical appendices for the full national report in PDF and HTML version to come.
We have created some factsheets on key areas of change in 2013:

  • Read about how the arts enrich our lives in PDF or download the infographic. HTML version to come.
  • Find out about the value of Indigenous arts and growth opportunities in PDF or download the infographic. HTML version to come.
  • Consider why the arts are important for Australian children in PDF or download the infographic. HTML version to come.
  • Learn about Australian participation in the arts in PDF or download the infographic. HTML version to come.
  • Read the Media Release.

States  and Territories Report

You can access the factsheet summary of findings for Australian states and territories in PDF.

Also access the detailed findings in a rich text document or excel file.


Partners

Arts Queensland

Arts Victoria 

Arts NSW

Department of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia

Consultants

The research was done by instinct and reason, an independent market research company.

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