re-imagine

Let’s re-imagine together

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely disrupted the arts and cultural industries. The pandemic has illuminated pressures we were already feeling. It is bringing to light aspects of our industry many have long wanted to change, along with new issues we are now being forced to address.

Future disruptions are inevitable, and the arts and cultural industries must rapidly adjust to ensure they don’t just survive but thrive in the future.

We have heard from many artists, cultural practitioners and organisations through industry roundtables, surveys, informal conversations and focus groups. We have heard from you as you deal with and respond to the immediate crisis, and whilst you consider how to start thinking productively about the future.

The future

All segments and players across the industry will play a role in determining and creating the future of our industries. At this point, a dialogue across the industry is required. Through this dialogue, we can acknowledge the current situation, understand the opportunities for change, and engage in a national conversation about the shared future that we can create.

How we will conduct this dialogue

Throughout September and October 2020, we invite you to engage with us via our online portal and through a series of online town hall discussions. In addition, there will be a range of focus groups that align with our key questions.

Our two big questions are:

  • What do we want the arts and cultural industries to look like in 2030?
  • How do we get there?

We will bring together your thoughts and ideas and share these with you through a published summary of the findings.

We will also be using the information we gather to help us determine priorities.

It will be up to you and all members of the arts and cultural industries, present and emerging, to reflect, discuss, and act.

Discussion paper

We are pleased to share the discussion paper. We are now able to accept your responses to the consultation through the online portal. 

Download the discussion paper 

Download the accessible version of the discussion paper. 

Download the Easy English version of the discussion paper.  

Online portal

The online portal is a place to share ideas, respond to key questions and engage in a dialogue about the shared future that can be created. You will be able to access this online space until 5.00pm AEDT Tuesday 21 October. 

Have your say by:

Access the online portal

Online town hall discussions

A series of online town hall discussions were hosted on the following days:

  • Public town hall 1: Wednesday 30 September (This session has now passed)
  • Public town hall 2: Friday 2 October (This session has now passed)

How it works

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Why we want your input

The goal of this consultation is to maximise the opportunities for people to contribute to our future strategies.

The public has expressed clear appreciation for arts and culture during the COVID-19 crisis. There may be scope to build on this momentum to improve public understanding of the arts’ contribution to society and economy.

At this point, a dialogue across the industry is required. Through this dialogue, we can acknowledge the current situation, understand the opportunities for change, and engage in a national conversation about the shared future that we can create. Let’s re-imagine this together. Throughout September and October 2020, we invite you to engage with us via our online platform and through a series of online town hall discussions. In addition, there will be a range of focus groups that align with our key questions.

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How can you tell your story

There are several ways you can share your own questions, thoughts and ideas for the future of the arts and cultural industries:

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What will be the outcome of this consultation?

We will publish a summary of findings.

Diversity and access

The Australia Council encourages participation in the consultation process from people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, people who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing, and people living in regional and remote areas.

The town hall sessions will be Auslan interpreted and captioned.

We will actively work with individuals to support access and participation in the consultation. We encourage you to contact us via phone or email to discuss further. 

Contact us

If you have any enquiry about the consultation, please email:

reimagine@australiacouncil.gov.au 

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