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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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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Arts Governance Report

The Australia Council is pleased to partner with the Institute of Community Directors (ICDA) and Our Community to publish the Arts and Culture Governance Spotlight Report. The report highlights the unique nature of our sector but also provides an effective comparison and benchmark with other not-for-profit companies and organisations. The research validates our understanding of the current state of governance in the arts and highlights new insights about governance practices that we should respond to. The report reinforces that what we face in the arts is felt across the not-for-profit sector.

Ensuring the sustainability of arts organisations is vital to a creatively connected nation. Our cultural and creative sectors are facing significant forces of change and evolution. It is no longer possible to rely on traditional business models, modes of operation or engagement. To ensure the creative sector thrives in this evolving landscape, we are supporting the sector to continually adapt to industry change; to realise the potential of diversity; and to actively cultivate creativity and innovation.

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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.

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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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Image: Complexity of belonging. Chunky Move. Credit: Jeff Busby.

Blockchain for creative businesses seminar

The first event in AFTRS’ new professional development seminar series – Short, Sharp and Immediately Useful – will give you all the need-to-know info on blockchain, and how it may help you. This event is co-presented with Screen Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts.

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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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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