We are a diverse community of identities, faiths, individual differences and pursuits, yet we have many shared values and our sense of nation is strong.

A culturally ambitious nation draws strength from these diversities. It utilises them to expand the dimensions of our creativity. A culturally ambitious nation acknowledges that music, books, theatre, film, paintings, sculpture, dance and a myriad of other art forms are central to our lives. It cherishes its great artists from all regions, and across all practices.

We take great pride in our artists’ achievements – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. In a culturally ambitious nation Australians demand opportunities to gain access to and participate in the arts, be it as consumers or creators.

Creativity starts with childhood curiosity. It continues through our lives. A culturally ambitious nation embraces the arts in everyday life – at home, in kindergartens, schools and universities, in shopping centres and office blocks, at sporting venues, in the media. We want to be a nation where artistic enterprise and respect for culture are entrenched.

In Australia, we expect and anticipate that our artists will exercise our freedom of expression and be fearless, take risks, and develop and present inspiring work across national and international borders. A culturally ambitious nation is confident and constantly striving.

At the Australia Council, artists are our heroes. In our culturally ambitious nation, they take their places amongst the nation’s heroes.

Sam Walsh AO, Chair      Adrian Collette AM, CEO

Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.

Creativity Connects Us

Creativity is innate to humanity and is the wellspring of culture. We are all connected through arts and creativity.

Our arts are vital expressions of human experience. They embody individual and collective stories, histories, identities and help us understand what it means to be human. They connect us to our past and imagine our future.

Our First Nations cultures connect us to over 75,000 years of living culture and knowledge and the country on which we live.

The shared stories of millions of diverse peoples who now call Australia home promote mutual understanding and respect and connect us to a global community.

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