Media Releases

Australia Council announces Four Year Funding 2021-24

03 April 2020

The Australia Council has today announced that 144 arts organisations will receive a share of $31.7M per annum in funding offered through the revised Four Year Funding for Organisations program. CEO Adrian Collette AM said the new measures, delivered within the Council’s existing budget, were essential during this critical period when the cultural and creative sectors are experiencing immediate and enormous challenges due to the impact of COVID-19.

Australia Council announces new Resilience Fund and re-opens Arts and Disability Mentorships

31 March 2020

The Australia Council has today announced a Resilience Fund of approximately $5M for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO Adrian Collette AM said this new measure within the Council’s existing budget is essential during this critical period when the cultural and creative sectors are experiencing immediate and enormous challenges due to the impact of the virus.

Update - Four Year Funding Notifications

30 March 2020

As advised, we’ve been working on changes to our 2021-2024 Four Year Funding for Organisations program to support the greatest number of small to medium arts organisations in these difficult and uncertain times. We have also been working very closely with the Office for the Arts and the Arts Minister’s office to provide advice and data for policy decisions that relate to the cultural and creative industries.

A communique from our CEO

25 March 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.

A communique from our CEO

16 March 2020

I want to personally update you on the actions that we are taking here at the Australia Council to manage the evolving situation and the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Many artists and organisations, venues, galleries and communities are being impacted in the short term and are expecting longer term effects.

Celebrating Australian arts and creativity – announcing the 2020 Australia Council Awards recipients

09 March 2020

Musician Deborah Conway AM, author Margaret Wild and visual artist Brook Andrew were among eight artists to receive top honours at tonight’s 2020 Australia Council Awards. These prestigious national awards recognise Australian artists who have made an outstanding contribution to their art forms, and to the cultural life of the nation.

Future-proofing arts organisations – new professional development program to transform business models

02 March 2020

The Australia Council for the Arts has today launched a new professional development program designed for small to medium arts organisations to transform and reimagine their business models. Future Form will be presented nationally by our delivery partner the Australian, Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and is designed to transform organisations through innovative thinking.

Tina Seelig explores the art and science of creativity

Tina Seelig explores the art and science of creativity

24 February 2020

Stanford University Professor Dr Tina Seelig will present a public talk in Sydney as part of a series of events offered under a new partnership between the UNSW Centre for Ideas, UNSW Art & Design and the Australia Council for the Arts. Tina Seelig is a leading global expert on creativity, prolific teacher, mentor and bestselling author who provides practical tools on how to access and harness creativity.

Australia Council announces Alice Nash as the Executive Director of Arts Investment

18 February 2020

I am deeply honoured to be joining the Australia Council as the Executive Director, Arts Investment. As Executive Producer and co-CEO of Back to Back Theatre for the past 17 years, I have served and sought out investment for an incredible team of artists with and without disabilities whose work has great social and cultural impact locally, nationally and globally. I now very much look forward to contributing to the capacity of the Australia Council to support artists and creative endeavour, for the benefit they provide to all Australians.

Arts and creativity can revitalise regional tourism and support local economies

17 February 2020

New research released today by the Australia Council for the Arts shows arts experiences are a key driver for tourism, particularly to regional Australia. Domestic Arts Tourism: Connecting the Country draws on Tourism Research Australia data and additional resources to provide insights into the behaviour of people travelling within Australia. Arts tourists are high value tourists: they travel further, stay longer and spend more than domestic tourists overall. “This research reveals Australians’ willingness to travel for the arts and how arts and creativity are significant tourism drivers,” said the Australia Council’s Executive Director of Strategic Development and Advocacy, Dr Wendy Were.

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