Creating Australia, the national body for community arts and cultural development, is concerned that further changes to the Australia Council for the Arts will impact on the development and nurturing of our artists and arts companies and on the rural and regional communities with whom they work addressing some of society’s so-called wicked problems.

Sue-Anne Wallace, Executive Chairman of Creating Australia, commented ‘Less than a year from The Australia Council’s announcement of a new strategic plan, a restructure, and new grants programs, the Minister for the Arts has announced more changes, determining that some funding, details of which are unclear, will be transferred to his office and that the Council will continue to be subject to further efficiency savings.’

‘These continuing changes and cuts to the Australia Council create a sense of nervousness in the cultural landscape’, Dr Wallace added. ‘We are concerned about how these changes will impact on the artists and companies working with vulnerable communities, often in remote and challenging locations.’

Creating Australia is the national body for community, arts and cultural development (CACD). Creating Australia leads, unites and enables the CACD sector to strengthen its collective influence, effectiveness and impact. Creating Australia positions community, arts and cultural development practice as key to an Australian future where the nature of society is changing and where we seek security, social harmony and communities that are peaceful, sustainable and reconciled.

For further comment, please contact: Stefanie Vianello, General Manager, Creating Australia

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