Advocacy and

Soft Centre Festival 2018. Credit: Jordan Munns.

We advocate for the social, cultural and economic value of the arts and creativity.

We conduct research and analysis that deepens understanding of the role and value of arts and creativity.

We will enable more opportunities for Australians to be captivated by, and inspired through, experiencing arts and culture.

Arts and culture are a public good and Australians increasingly recognise their positive impacts in our lives and communities.1

The arts are vital human expressions that connect us with one another, and with our past and present, and help us to imagine our future. Experiencing arts and culture connects us with ideas, emotions and stories, and sparks pleasure, meaning, imagination and empathy. In so doing, it builds social cohesion.

Experiencing arts and culture is not a pastime of the elite: 98% of Australians already are engaging in many ways.2 This may be because many have tended to think of cultural investment only as ‘support for artists’, rather than as a vital investment in the wellbeing and prosperity of our whole community. There remains work to be done to shift public perception about the breadth of arts and culture so that the benefits of a well-supported cultural sector flow freely to our communities.

Our research also tells us that inequalities remain in the ways Australians attend cultural events, including in relation to income and disability.3 Cultural inclusion is vital to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of Australian communities and for generations to come.

Everyone derives value from experiencing art, whether through our own creative expression or through experiencing the creative work of others. The emotional, mental and social benefits of arts experience are countless and well documented: from increased understanding of each other, stronger critical thinking skills, mental wellbeing and decreased stress levels; to significant public benefits such as social connection, expression of self and community identity, healthy childhood development and healthy ageing.

1, 2, 3 Australia Council 2020, Creating Our Future: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey.

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Cultural and creative industries Engagement Value and impact

Success Story: International rights sales of Australian-authored books 2008–2018

Publication date: 18 October, 2021
Cultural and creative industries Engagement Innovation Value and impact

Creativity at Work: Interdisciplinary learning in industry and community settings

Publication date: 25 August, 2021
Cultural and creative industries Engagement Innovation Value and impact

In Real Life: Mapping digital cultural engagement in the first decades of the 21st century

Publication date: 17 July, 2021
Cultural and creative industries Diversity and equity

Towards Equity: a research overview of diversity in Australia’s arts and cultural sector

Publication date: 8 June, 2021
Artists and creative careers Cultural and creative industries Value and impact

Graphic Storytellers at Work

Publication date: 17 March, 2021
Cultural and creative industries Diversity and equity Engagement Value and impact

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor 2021

Publication date: 4 March, 2021

Image credits (left to right and top to bottom):

  • Mary Katatjuku Pan from Amata (SA) with Punu Kutjara. 2016. Image by Rhett Hammerton. Copyright Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council.
  • Bangarra, 30 Years of 65 Thousand, To Make Fire. Sydney Opera House. Credit Daniel Boud.
  • Brayden Callucci, current recipient of the Marten Bequest Scholarship for ballet.
  • Alon Ilsar. Australia Council for the Arts – The Space in Between, VIVID Sydney.
  • Fanny Lumsden 2018 Promo. Image credit Dan Stanley Freeman.
  • Creature Dot and the Kangaroo. Stalker Theatre. Photo by Darren Thomas.