The Australia Council has announced its new vision for a creatively connected Australia where creative enterprise is entrenched across society, industry and government as the  fuel that ignites our social, cultural and economic  success. 

Creativity Connects Us is the new five year strategy for the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government's principal arts funding and advisory body. Building on the achievements of A Culturally Ambitious Nation and drawing from significant consultation and evidence, the new strategic priorities respond to the rapidly changing landscape of Australian arts and creativity.

The new strategic objectives are:

  • Australian are transformed by arts and creativity
  • Our Arts reflect us
  • Arts and creatively are thriving
  • First Nations arts and culture are cherished
  • Arts and creativity are valued

The Australia Council aims to work at increasing the recognition of the vital role of creativity and emphasises that everyone benefits from investment in the arts.

Opening Australian Design Centre’s exhibition Living Treasures Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables in August this year, Adrian Collette AM, CEO of the Australia Council said: “ For 15 years since the launch of the Living Treasures series, the ADC has done the Australian public the great service of showcasing our important craftspeople, celebrating their work and honouring their place in our cultural landscape … this organisation, this venue and this magnificent exhibition embody that capacity for arts and culture to bring people together … I’d especially like to acknowledge the work of ADC to champion the vital role of Aboriginal craft and design in our culture.”

Read more about the strategy here

 Image: Adrian Collette AM, CEO Australia Council for the Arts at the opening of Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables 2019. Photo: Rhiannon Hopley. 

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