Media Releases

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.

New protocols on First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property

29 September 2020

The Australia Council has today released updated Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts. The protocols address key legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of Indigenous cultural material in the arts. Australia Council Head of First Nations Arts & Culture Patricia Adjei said the protocols are designed to promote greater understanding.

First Nations music survey identifies strengths and challenges

25 September 2020

A new survey of First Nations musicians provides timely insights into the strengths, challenges and needs of the First Nations music sector. How do First Nations musicians feel about the music industry? What are the key challenges and needs for the future growth of the sector? These were some of the questions explored in a new survey of First Nations musicians. The survey reflects respondents’ activities and attitudes prior to COVID-19.

Creating Our Future: arts and creativity increasingly important to all Australians

26 August 2020

Australians increasingly recognise the vital role of arts and creativity in almost every aspect of our lives, from education to mental health to strengthening local economies. New research from the Australia Council shows growing numbers of Australians agree arts and creativity build social cohesion and support health, education and the future economy – critical areas as our nation recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

Vale Paddy Garritty

24 August 2020

The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the passing of Paddy Garritty and pay tribute to his prolific contribution to community arts that improved the lives of many Australians. Paddy was a founding member and long-term Board Director at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, and a major force in the revitalization of the Victorian Trades Hall. He led the introduction of arts and cultural activities, establishing the Trades Hall as an artistic and social centre within the Australian union movement. His work at the Trades Hall has been credited as one of the main inspirations for the Australia Council’s “Art in Working Life”, originally developed in the 1980s and continuing through the 1990s.

First Nations artists work to challenge stereotypes and break down barriers to audiences

17 August 2020

New research from the Australia Council for the Arts explores the perspectives of First Nations artists and creatives working in theatre and dance. Creating Art Part 1: The makers’ view of pathways for First Nations theatre and dance is the third in a series of in-depth research pieces commissioned by the Australia Council and is based on interviews with 45 First Nations artists and creatives.

First Nations Contemporary Music receives crucial investment

08 July 2020

The Australia Council welcomes the federal government’s commitment of $2 million over four years ($500,000 each year) to be invested through the Indigenous Contemporary Music Program. Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP today announced details of the first year of investment, including $250,000 to the Australia Council to deliver First Nations music grants.

Re-activate: beyond step three – a new resource to support COVID-19 recovery

07 July 2020

Re-activate: beyond step three – a new resource to support COVID-19 recovery The Australia Council has announced the latest resource in our Re-ignite suite - Re-activate: beyond step three. This resource sets out industry standards and protocols for the arts and cultural industry to consider in preparation for moving into the next phase of Australia’s response to COVID-19.

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