Media Releases

Arts enriching lives in regional Australia – Australia Council announces recipients of contemporary music and performing arts touring grants

17 January 2019

The Australia Council has announced the latest recipients of $2.3 million in regional touring grants delivered through Playing Australia and the Contemporary Music Touring Program. The programs support the growth of a national arts sector accessible to audiences across Australia.

Backbone: Gravity and Other Myths

First Nations artists and ambitious projects shine in highly competitive Australia Council grants round

11 January 2019

The Australia Council will deliver $6.6 million to support almost 200 ambitious artistic projects including career development, regional touring and international opportunities for Australian artists. The latest grants round included strong projects led by First Nations artists and First Nations-led organisations across all art forms, in addition to those funded through the dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts panel.

Angelica Venice

ASSEMBLY Angelica Mesiti’s Exhibition for the Australian Pavilion at the 2019 Biennale di Venezia

11 December 2018

Australia Council for the Arts will present ASSEMBLY Angelica Mesiti’s Exhibition for the Australian Pavilion at the 2019 Biennale di Venezia


Investing in Australia’s strong arts leadership: present and future

10 December 2018

The 20 participants of the Arts Leaders program will embark on a 12 month journey of leadership activities aimed at further embedding strong leadership across the artforms. This collaborative program will take these mid-career, established artists and arts workers to regional locations across Australia and to Indonesia for intensive residentials. The leaders will take part in workshops and virtual meetings, delving into the critical issues impacting the arts globally.

Connecting Australia

Arts a bigger drawcard for international tourists than wineries, casinos or sport

19 November 2018

The arts are increasingly on the itinerary for visitors packing their suitcases to come to Australia, according to a new report from the Australia Council for the Arts: International Arts Tourism: Connecting Cultures. Arts tourist numbers grew by 47% between 2013 and 2017, a higher growth rate than for international tourist numbers overall (37%). Visitors from Asia were the biggest group of arts tourists, representing almost half (48%) of all international tourists engaged with the arts.

Why arts matter: highlights from the Australia Council’s year in review

31 October 2018

More than 10,000 new artworks; strong international success; positive outcomes for female artists; and increased recognition of First Nations arts are among the highlights of the Australia Council’s investment in the arts that contributes to the individual lives of all Australians.

Vale Richard Gill AO

29 October 2018

The Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the passing of significant Australian music educator and conductor Richard Gill AO, recognising his lifetime of achievement, his contribution to music and his significant contribution to the lives of so many Australians who benefited from his talent, his passion and his advocacy for music education for all children.

Departing Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski celebrated for long term focused thinking and leadership

19 October 2018

The Australia Council Board, staff and executive thank Mr Grybowski for more than a decade of service to the Australia Council, including five years as CEO, and previously as an Executive Director.

Mordant Fellowship and Australia Council Fellowship in Rome

EOIs open for Mordant Family/Australia Council Fellowship in Rome

18 October 2018

The Australia Council invites expressions of interest from Australian visual artists who wish to develop their practice and networks in Europe at the American Academy in Rome.

Adrian Collette

Australia Council appoints Arts Leader Adrian Collette AM as CEO

12 October 2018

A recognised and respected arts leader, Adrian Collette was appointed by a selection panel following a recruitment process involving an external executive recruitment agency. Adrian Collette’s extensive experience is wide ranging.

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