Media Releases

Australia Council invests $8.8 million in arts and culture including First Nations musicians, youth and regional artists

15 June 2021

Emerging First Nations musicians, new Australian works by younger artists, regional artists and literature projects are among the recipients of the latest round of arts projects grants supported by the Australia Council. The investment will support 256 creative projects and cultural activities for artists and organisations creating benefits for all audiences across Australia.

Vale Lucette Aldous AC

11 June 2021

The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the passing of Lucette Aldous AC and pay tribute to her impressive contribution to performing arts as an internationally acclaimed ballet dancer and teacher. Lucette was a dance luminary in Australia and overseas. Petite in stature and grand in gesture, she famously starred as Kitri opposite ballet sensation Rudolf Nureyev in the 1973 film version of Don Quixote for the Australian Ballet.

Celebrating the achievements of First Nations artists at the 2021 First Nations Arts Awards

27 May 2021

The recipients of the 2021 First Nations Arts Awards have been announced during a special event streamed live online across Australia, in partnership with NITV. The First Nations Arts Awards are delivered by the Australia Council for the Arts each year on May 27, marking the anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the start of National Reconciliation Week. The awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of First Nations artists.

Australia Council invests $2.4 million across the creative industries to build back better

27 May 2021

The Australia Council has announced the recipients of its investment in initiatives to support the recovery of Australia’s cultural and creative industries. The investment through the Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund includes strong support for First Nations arts and cultural organisations (including Ilbijerri, KALACC, Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA, Tranby, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Gujaga, Digi Youth Arts) and organisations working with people with disability (including Arts Access Australia, Dirty Feet and Studio A).

Vale Arone Meeks

18 May 2021

The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the passing of Ku Ku Imidiji man Arone Meeks and pay tribute to his significant contribution to First Nations arts and culture. Arone was a founding member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, and former Chair of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Arone was also an Australia Council peer, an artist, teacher and leading advocate for First Nations people’s health.

Celebrating creativity and culture at the 2021 Australia Council Awards

19 April 2021

Musician William Barton, author Arnold Zable and visual artist Vivienne Binns OAM are among the eight recipients of the 2021 Australia Council Awards. The peer-nominated awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre and dance.

Australia Council welcomes additional support for creative sector

25 March 2021

The Australia Council for the Arts has warmly welcomed today’s announcement of an additional $135 million support for the creative sector. “The additional $125 million in funding for the RISE program and the revised guidelines will help more artists, creative workers and businesses access the support they need as our cultural and creative sector continues to recover and rebuild from the impact of COVID-19,” said Adrian Collette AM, CEO of the Australia Council.

Vale Taryn Fiebig

22 March 2021

The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the passing of Australian soprano Taryn Fiebig and pay tribute to her impressive contribution to Australian music and culture. Fiebig performed regularly for Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera, and as a soloist with a number of major Australasian orchestras.

When a picture tells a thousand words – why cartoonists and comics-makers are in increasing demand in industries ranging from health to education

17 March 2021

New research shows how the skills of cartoonists, illustrators and comics-makers are being applied to communicate ideas across a diverse range of industries such as health and education.

Vale Michael Gudinski AM

02 March 2021

The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the passing of music industry icon Michael Gudinski AM and pay tribute to his significant contribution to Australian music. Michael Gudinski was the co-founder of Mushroom Records in 1972 and worked closely with a number of Australian artists including Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue. He brought many international acts to Australia including The Police, The Eagles, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Frank Sinatra.

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