Media Releases

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.

Franchesca Cubillo

Australia Council welcomes Franchesca Cubillo as Executive Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

17 February 2021

Franchesca Cubillo is a proud Yanuwa, Larrakia, Bardi, and Wardaman woman from the Top End of the Northern Territory. Ms Cubillo joins the Australia Council with more than 30 years’ experience in the museum and art gallery sector.

Vale Seaman Dan

03 February 2021

The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the recent passing of Henry Gibson 'Seaman' Dan and pay tribute to his commitment and contribution to Australian music and culture. Seaman Dan was a Torres Strait Island singer and guitarist whose songs, sung in both English and Torres Strait Creole, received numerous accolades. He toured both locally and internationally, helping to build recognition of First Nations arts and culture.

Investment in First Nations arts and culture through Cherish Fund

21 December 2020

The Australia Council has invested $1.4m in 37 organisations through the Cherish Fund, established to invest in First Nations arts and culture during a year of extraordinary disruption.

A communique from our CEO

18 December 2020

We are currently facing an historic opportunity. As 2020 comes to a close, we can rethink, reset and reimagine as we rebuild. We can draw on what we have learnt from 2020’s global disruptions, personal challenges and ongoing crises, and on what has sustained us through them.

Strong investment in youth theatre, literature and First Nations art in latest Australia Council grants

09 December 2020

The Australia Council’s latest arts projects grant round delivers $8.4 million to support 217 creative projects and cultural activities for the benefit of all Australians. Executive Director, Arts Investment, Alice Nash said the latest investment would fuel creative and cultural production and deliver public value.

Celebrating outstanding achievement at the 2020 National Arts and Disability Awards

03 December 2020

Emily Crockford, Gaelle Mellis and Abbie Madden have been named recipients of the 2020 National Arts and Disability Awards, presented by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Access Australia. On the International Day of People with Disability, the national awards recognise artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the artistic and cultural life of the nation.

Creativity in schools essential to preparing young people for future uncertainty and change

21 October 2020

New research released today by the Australia Council for the Arts provides powerful evidence for the wide-reaching benefits of creativity in education. Cultivating Creativity: A study of the Sydney Opera House’s Creative Leadership in Learning Program shows creative learning approaches help build confidence, improve academic engagement and prepare young people for future disruption and change. It also transforms teaching staff and the school community. The report reveals that applying creativity has the potential to holistically impact children – academically, socially and emotionally - and enhance learning across a range of academic subjects.

Connected by creativity – Australia Council year in review

20 October 2020

The Australia Council has released its latest Annual Report, Connected by creativity, detailing its investment in arts and creativity that connected Australians during 2019-20. During a year of radical disruption, the Australia Council’s investment supported 21.1 million live attendances in Australia (prior to COVID-19) and 7,855 Australian artworks with a public outcome through an exhibition, performance, publication or recording.

Statement regarding Australia Council funding for IMMACULATE

07 October 2020

It has been suggested in some fora that the Australia Council has overturned a peer-assessed funding decision in relation to Casey Jenkins’ IMMACULATE. This is not the case. It has also been suggested that the Australia Council has made this decision based on negative media coverage of IMMACULATE, or because of government intervention. This is also not the case.

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