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International Arts Activity – Australian Arts Sector

September 29, 2015

International Arts Activity – Australian Arts Sector

September 29, 2015

Overview

The International Arts Activity – Australian Arts Sector report highlights the value of a strategic approach to international arts development and explores the existing activity and future priorities of the sector.

International development activity includes international presentation, residencies, collaborations and exchanges, networking, participation in festivals, fairs or showcasing platforms, translations and co-productions, all of which provide both short and long-term benefits to the artists involved and enrich our nation’s arts and cultural life.

The research involved an analysis of funding trends, interviews and focus groups with funding recipients, and a sector-wide survey to identify motivations, needs, challenges and future priorities.

Key findings

The research involved an analysis of funding trends, interviews and focus groups with funding recipients, and a sector-wide survey to identify motivations, needs, challenges and future priorities.

Key findings include:

  • The Council has invested around $11 million each year in international arts activity since 2010-11, and in addition regularly funds many arts organisations that work internationally. This strategic support has enabled artistic, market and audience development, as well as providing significant value to Australia’s cultural diplomacy agenda.
  • Australia Council support has increased mobility and participation of Australian artists in international projects and facilitated vital new networks and connections.
  • The research findings indicate that many artists and organisations believe that without Australia Council support they would have been unable to undertake international activity.

Survey quotes

 

The Australia Council’s investment in international fund as part of core funding has been essential to what we’ve been able to achieve. Absolutely, totally essential. would’ve been impossible without it. It’s allowed us to leverage other support from presenters.

– Survey respondent

International arts gives us the opportunity to discover a more diverse, broader and wider audience, bigger arts community whereby an artist can thrive and develop, share and sound out ideas.

– Survey respondent