Media Releases

Vale Kerry Reed-Gilbert

17 July 2019

It is with great sadness that the Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Wiradjuri Elder, poet, writer, mentor, editor, artist and activist. Kerry was an inspiration to the literary sector through her tireless work to establish FNAWN, First Nations Australia Writers Network, the peak body for Australian First Nations writers, poets and storytellers. As FNAWN’s inaugural Chairperson from 2012 to 2016, Kerry championed Indigenous Australian writers through her leadership and advocacy. Kerry’s work at FNAWN reflected her passionate belief in self-determination and self-management for Australia’s sovereign peoples.

New research highlights Australian music’s global export value and strong international success

12 July 2019

The Australian music industry makes an estimated $195 million from international markets each year according to a ground-breaking report examining the cultural and economic value of Australian music exports.

PPCA and Australia Council announce sound recording grant recipients

12 June 2019

Five recipients will each receive $15,000 to assist with the costs of creating new sound recordings thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and Australia Council for the Arts. Since its establishment in 2013 the partnership has now supported 30 new releases by Australian artists.

UKARIA extends partnership with Australia Council to increase opportunities for musicians and composers

31 May 2019

The Australia Council has announced the latest recipients of a unique residency for musicians and composers offered through a partnership with the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills. The partnership supports residencies for up to ten days, and provides $10,000 to support the creation of new work.

Celebrating strength, pride and achievement of First Nations artists at National Indigenous Arts Awards

27 May 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts will celebrate the contribution of First Nations artists at the 12th National Indigenous Arts Awards, to be presented tonight at the Sydney Opera House. Respected elders actor Uncle Jack Charles and Pakana shell artist Aunty Lola Greeno will be honoured with the prestigious Red Ochre Awards for Lifetime Achievement. They will be joined by visual artist Jenna Lee, who receives The Dreaming Award for a young and emerging artist and theatre maker Jacob Boehme who is the recipient of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Fellowship.

Diverse and ambitious arts projects supported by latest Australia Council grant round

13 May 2019

The Australia Council will deliver $5.8 million to support close to 200 arts projects, including career development, regional touring and international opportunities for Australian artists. The latest round sees a continued trend of strong First Nations-led projects funded through all areas of arts practice. Female-identified artists also continue to fare well receiving 59% of funding to individual artists in this round.

Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY officially opened in the Australian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

08 May 2019

Venice, Italy: Australia’s 2019 representation for the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY, was officially opened today in the Australian Pavilion within the historic Giardini della Biennale precinct.


08 May 2019

VENEZIA, Italia, 8 maggio - Il Padiglione Australia alla Biennale Arte 2019 è fiero di presentare ASSEMBLY, una personale di Angelica Mesiti. Un inedito video a tre canali, installato all’interno di un anfiteatro appositamente costruito, ASSEMBLY invita il pubblico a raccogliersi in un raduno semicircolare per affrontare una sceneggiatura multi-filmica. Ciascun schermo attira l’attenzione della platea verso diverse prospettive del nuovo mondo concepito dalla Mesiti, in cui ad un “contingente” raccolto dal “popolo” è consentito di disintegrarsi per poi ricrearsi, perennemente risolvendosi e rivoluzionandosi.


08 May 2019

VENICE, Italy, May 8, 2019—The Australian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2019 is proud to present ASSEMBLY, a solo exhibition by Angelica Mesiti. A new, three-channel video installed within a constructed amphitheatre, ASSEMBLY invites the audience into a symbolic circular gathering to encounter a multiple filmic scenario. Each screen draws the audiences’ attention to differing points of view in Mesiti’s imagined new world, in which a ‘contingent’ gathering of ‘the people’ is allowed to disintegrate and resolve by perpetually reforming and revolutionizing itself.

Vale Les Murray AO

30 April 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts wishes to acknowledge the passing of Les Murray, and recognise his extraordinary contribution to Australian literature. Les Murray’s impressive poetry career spanned over more than four decades, with his work translated into around 20 languages.

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