Media Releases

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.

Julia Hales performing in You Know We Belong Together, Perth Festival/BSSTC/DADAA. Credit: Toni Wilkinson/Perth Festival

Arts and disability a priority as Australia Council commits significant new funding

24 September 2018

The Australia Council has committed $750k over three years to support sustainable careers and to recognise the artistic excellence of artists with disability. Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski made the announcement at Meeting Place, the national forum on arts and disability, saying this was a priority for the Australia Council.

Patricia Adjei

Australia Council taps Patricia Adjei for newly created First Nations role

18 September 2018

Patricia Adjei has been appointed to the newly established role of Arts Practice Director First Nations Arts and Culture, supporting the Australia Council’s commitment to building the capacity of First Nations arts and cultural activities.

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