19 November 2019 - The Value of the Creative Economy – Adrian Collette AM
2 November 2019 - Art in an age of uncertainty – Adrian Collette AM
26 September 2019 - Celebration of the new Australia Council premises
27 May 2019 - National Indigenous Arts Awards 2019
28 February 2019 - JamFactory exhibition opening
Welcome from the CEO
We are pleased to share our new five year strategy, Creativity Connects Us, which has set the foundations for our Corporate Plan 2019-2023. Our vision is a creatively connected nation where creative enterprise is entrenched across society, industry and government as the fuel that ignites our social, cultural and economic success.
This Strategy and our Corporate Plan chart our journey towards greater public value.
Towards a more wholistic view of what Australians require from the arts.
Towards more cultural, social and economic value creation through the arts.
Our strategic direction has been informed by a deep and rigorous body of evidence, consultation and analysis, and builds on the achievements of A Culturally Ambitious Nation led by the talents and ambitions of our nation’s gifted artists.
Australia Council for the Arts CEO
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Annual report 2018-19
In 2018–19 we stood amidst change on many fronts. As we look to the future, I see an increasingly powerful role for the arts and creativity in this nation – in generating empathy that can connect us across social divides and as the fuel that can ignite our social, cultural and economic success.
I am pleased to deliver the final annual report under the Council’s strategic plan for A Culturally Ambitious Nation (2014–2019).
Over the lifetime of this strategy, the Council’s investment and initiatives have grown the profile and reach of Australian arts experiences. We have seen increasing international recognition, opportunity and demand for Australian arts, and more Australians now recognise their positive impacts on our lives and communities.
More than ever, Australians are engaging with First Nations arts – for their beauty, strength and power, and to understand who we are as a nation.
Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts
Corporate Plan 2019-2023
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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National Indigenous Arts Awards speech
The 2019 National Indigenous Arts Awards, held on May 27, celebrated the achievements of First Nations artists. Jenna Lee, Uncle Jack Charles, Aunty Lola Greeno, Jenna Lee and Jacob Boehme were amongst the 2019 award recipients. Adrian Collette gave the following speech:
'First Nations peoples profound knowledge and deep connections to the land we inhabit is transmitted and embodied in language, art, dance, songs, stories and ceremony. These uniquely Australian stories are at the heart of Australia’s history and cultural identity. First Nations cultures are central to Australia’s national identity.'
Adrian Collette AM, CEO, Australia Council for the Arts.Read the full speech
JamFactory exhibition opening speech
Concrete was the final exhibition in Jam Factory's acclaimed 'art design architecture' series, which were comprised of Wood, Glass, Steel and Concrete. It was held on February 27.
'For 16 years, I reflected, as CEO of our national opera company, I worked under the inspiring sails of the Sydney Opera House. Whatever the challenges of the day, it was always a joy to walk across that concourse, under the spell of those magnificent white sails. And the most profound technical challenge that had to be overcome to build the Sydney Opera House was, of course, just how to pre-cast its massive and inspiring concrete sails – all movement and aspiration. Could there be a more dramatic example of ambitious form and function; of the material and the aesthetic?....'
Adrian Collette AM, CEO, Australia Council for the Arts.