Media Releases

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.

Communique: Direct investment announcement

01 July 2020

The Australia Council is announcing details of its investment opportunities for individuals and organisations Although the arts and cultural industries, along with all Australians and communities around the world, have experienced incomparable disruption from the impacts of COVID-19, we have never lost sight of the enormous public value of the arts for all Australians.   It is important that we resume our programs and strive to enable creativity to continue to connect us in recovery and in the future;

Australia Council welcomes government's $250 million creative support package

25 June 2020

Australia Council welcomes government’s $250 million creative support package The Australia Council has welcomed the announcement of an industry specific support package for the cultural and creative industries. “This is a welcome investment in some of the industries hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19” said CEO Adrian Collette AM.

Vale Jesse Blackadder

18 June 2020

The Australia Council wishes to acknowledge the death of author Jesse Blackadder and acknowledge her contribution to Australian literature, as a writer of books for both adults and children.

Cherishing First Nations arts and culture – new fund to support COVID-19 recovery

10 June 2020

The Australia Council has announced a new fund of approximately $500,000 to support and invest in First Nations arts and cultural groups experiencing disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. First Nations arts and cultural groups and organisations can apply for grants upwards of $25,000 through the Cherish Fund.

Australia Council announces latest musicians and composers to take part in UKARIA residency

04 June 2020

The Australia Council has announced the latest recipients of residencies offered through the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills. Australian clarinettist Aviva Endean will head to UKARIA in November to use her residency to explore further collaboration with cross-cultural ensemble The Cloud Maker.

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