Community Arts and Cultural Development

Community arts and cultural development encompasses collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes.

The Australia Council supports community arts and cultural development artists, practitioners, organisations, projects and programs through a range of grants and initiatives. 

Our support is focused on priority areas including regional Australia, disability, young people, cultural diversity, emerging communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities, as well as specific critical social and cultural issues requiring focused attention. 

Community arts and cultural development is distinct from other arts practice as it is the creative processes and relationships developed with community to make the art that defines it, not the art form or genre.

Community arts and cultural development encompasses collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes.

2020 Australia Council Awards recipients

Ros Bower Award: Kath Duncan

Kath Duncan has worked extensively across the arts sector, celebrating and embracing the importance of difference. She has been a key part of arts and disability programs including Quippings and Art of Difference. She appeared on the TV program No Limits, and was lead the ARC Linkage Research project The Last Avant Garde in partnership with Arts Access Victoria and with the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney. 

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Kirk Robson Award: Autumn Skuthorpe

Autumn Skuthorpe is an experienced performer, artist, arts worker and administrator driven by community arts engagement and development. 

Her work spans music, film, cultural events, ZINES, youth arts leadership and mentoring, visual arts and performance. 

Since the age of 12, Autumn Skuthorpe has lived in the Central Queensland city of Mackay with her family. Her regional base informs her approach to art making with community in a range of settings and contexts. 

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Highlights

2020 Featured Grants

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