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WHAT WE DO
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
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.
Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019
Australian arts are without borders
Australia is known for its great art and artists
The arts enrich daily life for all
Australians cherish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture