Artist Stories

Why arts engagement matters

Why arts engagement matters

14 September 2020

Often, the most powerful forces in our lives can be the hardest to quantify. The subtle, fluctuating levels of our own wellbeing, confidence and connections are core to our happiness, our sense of security, our decision-making and much of our economic activity.

First Nations Arts Awards 2021

First Nations Arts Awards 2021

10 September 2020

Nominations are now open for the 2021 First Nations Arts Awards. Celebrate an artist who has made an impact on your life by nominating them for a Red Ochre Award for outstanding lifetime achievement or the Dreaming Award for an emerging artist.

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Akolkol Dastan Gesa: SAME DRUM

04 September 2020

Akolkol Dastan Gesa is a community arts and cultural development (CACD) project that enables young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to be leaders in telling their own stories.

Creating Our Future

Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey

27 August 2020

This report is the fourth study in the landmark research series that explores Australians’ engagement with and attitudes towards the arts. The National Arts Participation Survey asks how Australians are engaging with arts and creativity in our daily lives.

PJ Rosas – Profile of a First Nations stage manager

PJ Rosas – Profile of a First Nations stage manager

26 August 2020

PJ Rosas is a Yidinji Mbarbrum man whose people are originally from the Atherton Rainforests. He has worked as a professional stage manager for over 20 years and has toured nationally and internationally with major companies, with theatre and music festivals.

INTEL: Episode 7 - Looking back to look forward

INTEL: Episode 7 - Looking back to look forward

25 August 2020

In this bonus episode we chat with First Nations artist, curator and writer Jacob Boehme. Jacob has worked across North America, Europe, North Asia, South East Asia and South Asia, and we chat to Jacob on the wisdom of ancestors and elders on country...

Watch the replay of the 2020 First Nations Arts Awards

Watch the replay of the 2020 First Nations Arts Awards

20 August 2020

Formerly called the National Indigenous Arts Awards, these significant awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding creativity and lifetime achievements of Australia’s First Nations artists.

Andrà Tutto Bene (all will be well). Credit: Bridget Gleeson

May you live in interesting times … A reflection by Catherine Kovesi

28 April 2020

When Venice Champions went to the 2019 Biennale, few would have realised how prescient the year’s theme, May You Live in Interesting Times, would prove to be. Venice displayed its usual combination of stunning beauty and contingent fragility, but all seemed business as usual. Yet just over a month after our October group returned home, Venice was confronted with an ‘acqua granda’ – literally ‘giant water’. As waters of 187cm raged through the city for two hours and then just as suddenly subsided, many of the places we had all visited only a few weeks and months previously suffered heartbreaking damage. The Basilica of San Marco was flooded for only the 6th time in its 1000 year history; the Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato on Murano, visited in May, lost large sections of its 12th century mosaic floor; Palazzo Nani Bernardo, the location of the final dinner in October, had much of its garden destroyed (the largest private garden in Venice).

Australia Council response to COVID-19

04 April 2020

The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19. In the last weeks we have seen our cultural and creative sectors suffer enormous damage as a result of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis that has seen public gatherings, performances and exhibitions cancelled in the interests of public health.

2020 Australia Council Awards live stream

Watch the replay of the 2020 Australia Council Awards

25 February 2020

This event took place on Monday 9 March 2020. These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development...

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