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Australia Council’s strategy for a culturally ambitious nation

Australia Council’s strategy for a culturally ambitious nation
August 18, 2014

The Australia Council for the Arts has released a bold vision for the arts which will see artists creating more new and daring work, expanded audiences here and abroad captivated by Australian art, and greater recognition that the arts enrich everyday life.

Launching the Australia Council five-year Strategic Plan and new grants model at the Sydney Opera House, Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AM said the plan expressed the Council’s aspirations for Australia’s cultural ambitions which can only be realised in partnership with artists, government, organisations and the diverse communities of our nation.

Myer explained “this plan reflects our ambition to make more visible the vitality of our arts and culture, and to recognise the evolving way that Australians make and experience art, from galleries, theatres and studios to dry river beds, beaches and virtual spaces."

Informed by sustained dialogue with the sector the Strategic Plan articulates the Australia Council’s role as the national arts agency to champion and invest in Australian arts.

The Strategic Plan articulates four priority areas for the Council over the next five years:

• Australian arts are without borders

• Australia is known for its great art and artists

• The arts enrich daily life for all

• Australians cherish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures

The goals are driven by principles of exploration, reciprocity and expansion, of excellence, diversity and experimentation, and of access, leveraging and enrichment.

Australia Council Chief Executive Tony Grybowski outlined the first of a number of initiatives which will see the goals come to fruition. As part of a new international arts strategy the Council will establish a world-wide network of arts managers and partners that can be accessed by Australian artists and organisations.

Every Australian should be able to experience the transformative power of art, no matter where they live.

The Cultural Places program will support the creation and presentation of new work, with an emphasis on community participation in regional areas.

More Australians than ever before appreciate the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture, but too few of them have the opportunity to experience them. The Significant Works initiative will support the development of multi-art form works of scale by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and organisations.

For more information on the Strategic Plan go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au

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