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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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.

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. It shows:

  • the arts are increasingly part of the itinerary for international visitors to Australia
  • the popularity of arts activities such as visiting museums and galleries
  • strong growth in international visitors’ engagement with First Nations arts and culture and their attendance at festivals, fairs and cultural events
  • the strength of arts tourism in regional Australia and the Asian tourist market.


The Electorate Profiles is a new interactive online resource which brings together research on arts engagement, employment and ticketing trends in each of Australia’s 150 federal electorates.

Drawing on new analysis of commercial ticketing data for arts and sport events commissioned from TEG Analytics, the Australia Council research aims to expand knowledge about the preferences, behaviours and purchasing patterns of arts audiences.

Users can choose an electorate from a drop-down menu or map to display targeted data. Information includes audience engagement with the arts, ticketing trends across arts and sport, cultural and creative businesses and cultural and creative employment in each electorate.


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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.




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

An Unlikely Tour, Crossroad Arts Credit: Cherrie Hughes

Arts and Disability: A Research Summary

The great art created by artists with disability, and participation of people with disability in the arts, are integral to the artistic and cultural life of Australia.

This summary brings together findings from Australia Council research publications and a research overview compiled by the Meeting of Cultural Ministers to build the evidence base about disability and the arts.



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.


Eip Karem Beizam dance group performing at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2017. Credit: Lovegreen Photography

Australia Council’s submission to the Closing the Gap Refresh

The Australia Council’s submission to the Closing the Gap Refresh draws on the evidence base to advocate for increased investment in First Nations arts and cultural expression, cultural maintenance, and First Nations-led culturally based solutions across portfolios.