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New details announced for ASSEMBLY, Angelica Mesiti's exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2019

19 March 2019

Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition ASSEMBLY for the Australian Pavilion will open in seven weeks at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Today the Australia Council for the Arts, Commissioner for Australia, released further details of her new three channel video and installation.

Vale Edmund Capon AM OBE

18 March 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the passing of distinguished art historian and curator Edmund Capon AM OBE. Mr Capon made a significant contribution to visual arts in Australia, leading the Art Gallery of NSW for more than three decades.

Eight outstanding artists honoured at 2019 Australia Council Awards

04 March 2019

Three First Nations artists are among the impressive list of Australia Council Award recipients, including Rhoda Roberts who will receive the prestigious Ros Bower Award, along with Rachael Maza (theatre) and Vicki Van Hout (dance).

International Arts Leaders unite for Australian arts leadership program

01 March 2019

Emerging leaders from countries including China, Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia will participate in the Australia Council’s two flagship leadership programs, promoting a global exchange of knowledge, ideas and cultural practice.

Vale Dame Margaret Scott

01 March 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts wishes to acknowledge the passing of Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE, and recognise her significant contribution to ballet, dance education and cultural life in Australia.

Vale Mrs Ngallametta

22 February 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the passing of leading First Nations artist Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta. Mrs Ngallametta collected and prepared her own ochres and clays from the landscape to create large scale works rich in colour and imagery.

Ambitious Australian arts professionals to assemble in Venice

01 February 2019

An impressive team of emerging arts professionals, exhibition team leaders and volunteers will support Australia’s exhibition in Venice, as part of the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale Professional Development Program. The Australia Council has announced the program’s participants, who will gain valuable first-hand experience and networks while working behind the scenes on one of the biggest events in the international visual arts calendar.


Australian sculptor Alex Seton scoops coveted Rome residency

30 January 2019

Multi-disciplinary artist Alex Seton has been announced as the third recipient of the Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Mordant family.

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.

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