Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

New data shows that the arts matter to Australia

New data shows that the arts matter to Australia
March 5, 2015

A landmark new report shows that 85% of Australians think the arts make for a richer and more meaningful life.

The report, Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts, released by the Australia Council, which provides a fresh approach to understanding Australian arts through a new set of indicators, also shows that Australia's cultural sector contributes $50 billion towards the country’s GDP, including over $4.2 billion from the arts.

Australia Council Chief Executive Tony Grybowski believes that Arts Nation tells a great story about the way Australians engage with the arts, the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, the increase in private support for the arts, and the contribution made by arts and culture to the Australian economy.

Grybowski explains “understanding the arts is complex (and) this report creates fresh new indicators that are measured through original and existing data.

"This snapshot in time sets a benchmark against which we can measure future trends.

" It also identifies data gaps, so the report will evolve over time as new information is identified.

“The report explores public attitudes, access and participation in the arts, both as consumers and creators.

"It also includes a new way of examining the relationship between people who engage with the arts and their sense of wellbeing.

“It also highlights the growing importance of arts tourism, with nearly 40% of international visitors undertaking an arts activity and one in four visiting a museum or gallery, the same rate as in the UK.

“I’m pleased to say the key findings are very encouraging and show positive results across most categories, providing tangible evidence that the arts are an intrinsically important part of Australians’ lives.”

Grybowski said the report was a key part of the Council’s commitment to a stronger evidence base for Australian arts, one that can be used as a resource by the arts sector, and a catalyst for informed national conversations about arts and culture more broadly.

Key findings from Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts, include:

• 85% of Australians think the arts make for a richer and more meaningful life;
• Geography does not impact attendance levels as much as you might expect, with 74% metro, 69% inner regional, 65% outer regional and 67% remote;
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are proportionally more likely to be nominated for a major Australia art award or participate in an international arts event;
• Indigenous visual arts are a major contributor to the arts economy, and remote art centres generated $53 million in art sales between 2008 and 2012;
• The cultural sector contributes $50 billion towards Australia’s GDP, including over $4.2 billion from the arts;
• Consumers are the biggest arts funders, with $1.5 billion in live performance tickets sales in 2013;
• Crowdfunding is a small but rapidly growing area of Australian arts funding with high success rates;
• 2.4 million international arts tourists visited Australia in 2013-14, up 19% over the past four years.

Click here to view Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts report and related Australia Council fact sheets.

Image of Byron Perry Dance courtesy of Ben Hancock.

18th August 2014 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL’S STRATEGY FOR A CULTURALLY AMBITIOUS NATION

8th July 2014 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL REVEALS ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ARTS FACTS

30th May 2014 - AUSTRALIA COUNCIL RESEARCH SHOWS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

PathMinder

PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. FIT FOR PURPOSE. Based on the Gold Coast, AlphaFit is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Australian gym equipment specifically for the commercial, strength and conditioning,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

SportEng

SPORTENG specialises in the Planning, Design and Construction inspection of Fields of Play for all sports. Blending engineering with the specialist knowledge gained from working closely with sport…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Spill Station Australia

Compliant chemical storage and decanting solutions. Includes spill kits, spill containment pallets, chemical decanting decks and safety shower and eyewash equipment. See our full range of solutions

read more

Aquatics / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business