International Arts Strategy Impact Report

The Impact Report presents key insights and findings from our evaluation of the activity delivered under the Australia Council’s International Arts Strategy 2015-2020.  

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Pretty Beach, 2019, installation view, The National 2019: New Australian Art. Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

The Australia Council is pleased to release our International Arts Strategy 2015-2020 Impact Report. Read and download a copy of the report here 

The Impact Report presents key insights and findings from our evaluation of the activity delivered under the Australia Council’s International Arts Strategy 2015-2020.  

The strategy detailed the objectives and approaches of our international development work. The strategy was informed by sector consultation and research the Council commissioned, as part of the delivery of the Council’s strategic plan for A Culturally Ambitious Nation (2014–19), which set the goal that ‘Australian arts are without borders’. 

Delivery of the strategy has required much learning and adaptation in response to changing conditions in the sector, the funding environment, and across the world. As well as the COVID-19 pandemic, the past five years have seen increasing awareness of climate sustainable practice and shifting geo-politics. Rising calls within the sector for sustainable and decolonised practice have demanded consideration of new ways of working.  

The findings in this report reflect necessary pivots and re-prioritisations throughout the strategy period. However, the predominant story is one of success, with the total spend of $8 million resulting in significant positive impacts across the strategys objectives.