Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS)
The Australia Council delivers the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS) which is a formal agreement between the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to support the Australian contemporary visual arts sector by providing directed funding for individual artists and arts organisations. VACS started as a response by governments to the recommendations of the 2002 Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Inquiry report by Mr Rupert Myer AM.
The current framework for VACS was agreed at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) in October 2014 for implementation during 2015-16 for four years till 2020. The strategy provides a commitment of $27.3 million from the Australian Government with matching contributions from the states and territories. The strategy aims to deepen audience engagement, expand markets and enhance international connections, ensure opportunities for Australian contemporary visual artists, provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and build stronger, more resilient visual arts organisations.
The VACS logos can be accessed here.