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.
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.
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 accessible version of the discussion paper.
Download the Easy English version of the discussion paper.
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 20 October. (Submissions to the portal are now closed)
Have your say by:
- attending an online town hall (These sessions have now passed)
- posting your ideas to the ideas wall
- making a submission.
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
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.
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:
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.
If you have any enquiry about the consultation, please email:
Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives
$2m will be invested in sector-led initiatives to support the recovery of Australia’s cultural and creative industries.
The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund is offered in acknowledgement of the significant forces of change and evolution facing the cultural and creative industries. This investment will support the sector to re-imagine practice and operations, and test ideas and models for a more resilient, equitable and thriving future.
The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives are a direct response to the disruptions and challenges experienced by the cultural and creative industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been informed by conversations throughout the Re-imagine: What next? consultation (September to October 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.
These protocols will assist artists and organisations as restrictions ease and provide essential advice regarding the next steps for the arts and cultural industry. This resource is intended to support the cultural industry in considering key elements for re-opening as states and territories move towards re-opening.