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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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

The Australia Council is working with Patternmakers and WolfBrown to understand changes in behaviours and sentiments of arts-goers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tracking study is designed to support important decision-making and forward planning across the sector in the coming months.  

Baseline data was collected in a cross-sector collaborative survey process involving 159 arts and culture organisations, including museums, galleries, performing arts organisations and festivals.  

Results from the first phase of the study are now available, with the key insights outlined in a snapshot report and data provided through the Audience Outlook Monitor dashboard.  

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Domestic Arts Tourism: Connecting the country

The relationship between art and travel is long-standing, deep and complex. We travel to see art, and even when art isn’t our primary destination, we naturally gravitate to the art of a place in order to understand the meaning of that place.

Domestic tourism provides an opportunity for Australians to immerse themselves in exceptional cultural experiences, and many Australians are travelling to experience the arts: at concerts, in galleries, on stages, or through more niche opportunities across the country.

Arts experiences have a growing role as a driver for tourism in Australia and are increasingly part of visitors’ itineraries. This report presents trends and insights on how Australians connect with the arts as they travel around the country, whether on short daytrips or longer overnight stays. It helps build the picture of Australians’ willingness to travel for the arts, of the value of the arts in helping us understand the place we are in, and the great capacity of the arts to support local economies and build stronger regional communities.

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Blockchain for creative businesses

Tech companies have become powerful players in the creative economy, with technology increasingly being used to receive and pay for content, to follow a creative practitioner’s work and to express preferences. Blockchain technology is predicted to shake up how we all do business.

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International Arts Tourism: Connecting cultures 

Arts experiences play an important and growing role in international tourism to Australia. They engage international visitors with the uniqueness, depth and diversity of Australian culture, support local economies and share Australian stories and perspectives with the world.

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Electorate Profiles

This interactive online resource provides information on arts and culture for each of Australia’s 151 federal electorates. 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.

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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.

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CONNECTING AUSTRALIANS

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.

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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

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CULTURE SEGMENTS

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