Arts Nation is the home for the Australia Council’s research and knowledge management. In 2015 the Australia Council published Arts Nation: An overview of Australian arts, establishing a set of indicators and measures of arts and culture in Australia. In 2017 Arts Nation became an interactive web presence. Online, Arts Nation continues and expands the work of the original publication, presenting the full range of Australia Council research in an interactive and accessible format.ABOUT

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Electorate Profiles

The Electorate Profiles have been refreshed for 2019. This interactive online resource provides information on arts and culture for each of Australia’s 151 federal electorates.

Users can choose an electorate from a drop-down menu or map to display targeted information on arts engagement, ticket buying behaviour and creative and cultural businesses and employment.

What’s new in 2019?

  • Enhanced map functionality making it easier to select and view electorates
  • Newly commissioned ABS data on adult and children’s cultural attendance and participation presented at electorate level for the first time
  • Latest ticketing data for arts and sports events from TEG Analytics provides up to date analysis about the preference, behaviours and purchasing patterns of arts audiences.


Image: Flume. Credit: Julian Bajsel. Image courtesy of Future Classic

Born Global: Australian music exports

When Australian artists connect with audiences around the globe, they share our culture and perspectives and deepen our connections with other nations and cultures. Music is a powerful tool for building national identity, cultural exchange and cultural diplomacy.

Born Global: Australian Music Exports brings together for the first time a representation of the economic and cultural impacts of Australian music  internationally and offers the first benchmark figure for the total value of Australian music exports. It provides an important opportunity to recognise the achievements of the music industry and to consider future potential.

This report presents a summary of findings from the 2016-2019 Australian Research
Council Linkage project The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Music Exports.


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Recent Research Highlights

Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia by David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya is the sixth in a series carried out independently over thirty years by Professor Throsby at Macquarie University, with funding from the Australia Council. The series tracks trends in the lives and working conditions of Australian artists over 30 years and identifies challenges and opportunities for artists’ careers into the future.

For the first time the Council has produced a companion report which provides a summary and response to the artist survey. Making Art Work: A summary and response by the Australia Council for the Arts places the findings alongside other literature and analysis to explore the wider context for Australian artists.




Connecting AustraliansResults of the National Arts Participation Survey is the third in a landmark series by the Australia Council for the Arts, following editions in 2009 and 2013. It measures Australians’ engagement with the arts in 2016 – attending arts events, exhibitions and festivals; reading; listening to music; sharing and connecting with the arts online; and creating art themselves.



National Arts Participation Survey: State and Territory results

The state and territory results provide detailed data on arts engagement in the ACT, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.

Explore the data through interactive dashboards, downloadable data sets and fact sheets for each state and territory.Installation view of Choi Jeong Hwa’s The Mandala Flowers, Queensland Art Gallery, APT8, 2016. Credit: Brodie Standen



National Arts Participation Survey: Culture Segments Australia

Culture Segments Australia, was compiled by Morris Hargreaves Macintyre using data collected through the National Arts Participation Survey. This report presents a set of tools to expand our knowledge of arts audiences and participants, and to assist the arts sector with specific information about how audiences can be developed.

Download the report and explore the data through interactive dashboards, searchable by Culture Segment, state/territory and detailed art form.The Stance, choreographed by Liesel Zink, Performance Space Liveworks Festival, 2016. Credit: Liesel ZinkREAD MORE


Arts Futures

Arts Futures brings together a body of activity exploring the evolving environment for the arts and society. Arts Futures activities draw on knowledge that looks to the past and learns from the present, to understand and imagine possible futures.


Snoösphere (Lull Studios) at UNSW Galleries, The Big Anxiety 2017. Credit: Skyline Productions.

Creating Pathways: Insights on support for artists with disability

This report brings together findings and insights from a range of research undertaken in 2017–18 to inform the Council’s approach to future support for artists with disability.


Badu Gili, Sydney Opera House. Artist Alick Tipoti. Credit Daniel Boud

International Arts Tourism: Connecting cultures

This research brings together data from Tourism Research Australia (TRA) with additional resources to gain insights into international arts tourism in Australia. It highlights growing potential for the arts to drive and support tourism activity, and for artists to increase their engagement.