Creating Australia (CA) is an independent not-for-profit organisation, established in 2013.

Between 2013-2016 CA’s broad brief was to support community arts and cultural development which saw the organization initiate and deliver a number of projects and events including: partnering with the Griffith Review to publish its 2014 Winter Edition – Cultural Solutions; launching CACD500 an online project documentation platform; and hosting The Rights of Culture Summit: a conversation about Indigenous freedoms which examined ways to build the visibility and sustainability of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultural practice. (Read the report from the Summit). You can read more about these projects below.

Since 2016 CA has functioned as a valuable research platform, intended to build the evidence base for the impacts of cultural practice.

The Rights of Culture: a conversation about Indigenous freedoms

Monday 12 October from 9.00am – 4.30pm, Parliament House, Canberra

The Rights of Culture Summit : a conversation about Indigenous freedoms (The Rights of Culture) was a holistic and robust conversation to challenge the status quo and expand the practice and principles of community arts and cultural development.

In celebration of the legacy of the Freedom riders, The Rights of Culture summit used this landmark event as a catalyst for conversations that drew on cultural knowledge, colonial past and contemporary practice to work towards creating a reconciled future. The Summit aimed to draw on the uniqueness of Australian art to enhance intercultural relationships and lessen the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural and arts practice.

Topics such as social change through cultural leadership, storytelling through artistic practice and the importance of cross sector dialogue between the arts, law, education, health and linguistic practice were explored.  The Summit also provided the opportunity for a diverse group of arts practitioners from across Australia to come together to talk about what is working and what is not working in their communities and the serious challenges they are facing, from , funding, access to equity and the role that can be played by artists and arts practitioners.

You can download the program here.  View our Artist Blog featuring Rights of Culture artists here.

Artist Blog

The Artist Blog page project features work and stories of individual artists and CACD organisations who reflect on their practice.  To read the artists’ blogs click here

Sector Connectors – Webinar Series

Webinar 1 ‘Effective Community Engagement’ Thursday, 18 June 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (AEST)

With more and more arts organisations looking to engage communities through artistic practice, this webinar explored and discussed what effective community engagement looks like.

The panel discussed their community engagement experiences while providing resources to help participants develop and evaluate their community arts and cultural development project.

  • David Everist & Kevin du Preez, Arts Infrastructure, Australia Council for the Arts
  • Edwin Kemp Attrill, Artistic Director, ActNow Theatre
  • Tilla Buden, Cultural Development Coordinator, Yarra Ranges Council
  • Andrea Lewis, Communications & Publishing, DADAA

View the slide from the event here

Definition and Principles of Community Arts and Cultural Development

In 2014 Creating Australia produced a definition and set of principles of CACD practice. These documents are now available for download below and on our resources page and are a good resource for CACD artists and organisations as both a guide to practice and as an aid when telling the story of CACD to those outside the sector.

CACD 500

CACD500 was launched in 2014 to document CACD projects online. The stories contributed provides a snapshot of CACD practice throughout Australia and also the work of Australian artists working internationally.

Conversations with Creating Australia

During 2014 consultation was undertaken to establish the key priorities for the Community Arts + Cultural Development Sector.

Both an online survey and face to face consultation sessions informed Creating Australia’s direction in working for the sector.

 Click to read a summary report of the consultation program

Online Survey

In 2014 Creating Australia ran a questionnaire through the CA website to gauge the state of the Community Arts + Cultural Development (CACD) sector. 217 Respondents from the CACD sector participated in the survey which informed a report prepared by Positive Solutions. Communicating the value of the CACD sector and strengthening CACD networks were two areas of priority that were evident from the online survey results.  Click to read the full report

Partnership with Griffith Review

Creating Australia partnered with the Griffith Review to publish its 2014 Winter Edition – Cultural Solutions.

Click to find a copy online and read the free e book Cultural Solutions – Notes from the from the front