New IETM reports on funding, cultural democracy, inclusion and artist identity

IETM has released a number of reports from its recent plenary meeting in Hull UK which focused on “inclusion in today’s societies, in their artistic representations and in the process of creation.”

  • Everyone has an opinion, but only mine is right, looks at issues related to inclusion, diversity and difference;

  • Everyday creators: friends or foes? discusses what makes an artist

  • If funders really wanted to support artists, what could they do? looks at issues of at funding alignment

  • Cultural Democracy in practice addresses issues of cultural participation

The reports are available at:

ELIA releases post-Brexit report

ELIA, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, has published a report from its December 2018 regional seminar on “Internationalisation in a post-Brexit Europe”.

The symposium was designed to share knowledge on Brexit negotiations, student mobility and fees and the future of higher arts education institution collaboration in Europe. The report summarises key symposium discussions including the current political fragmentation in Europe.

The report is available at:

A New Approach by the Australian Academy of Humanities

Five Australian researchers have been appointed to support a new Australian Academy of Humanities-based independent think tank designed to “champion effective investment and return in Australian arts and culture.”

Established in 2018, A New Approach is supported by a $1.65M commitment by The Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation. Its new research working group comprises AAH Fellows:

  • Professor Malcolm Gillies AM - Chair (higher education leader, musicologist and linguist);

  • Distinguished Professor Ien Ang (transnational, multi-cultural and cross-cultural studies; local government engagement);

  • Professor Tony Bennett (cultural policy, cultural practice and consumption; museum studies);

  • Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham AM (creative and cultural industries);

  • Professor Jennifer Milam (art historian, public humanities).

Over the next 18 months, they expect to release a series of reports and case studies that explore the “diverse benefits of arts and cultural activity as well as current and potential approaches to advance public and private investment in cultural activity.”

DASSH reinforces the value of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to the workforce of the future

A new report by the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) takes on the difficult task of articulating the value of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) disciplines to Australia’s future. The report, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Degrees: Powering Workforce Transformation Through Creativity, Critical Thinking and Human Interaction, reviews recent literature and analysis to present the case for a greater understanding of how HASS skills are becoming increasingly relevant to our future workforce.

The report is available at:

Live-to-digital not attracting anticipated new audiences

Two new research reports out of the UK indicate that the digital capture and screening of live performances is failing to attract the wider and more diverse audiences anticipated. It had originally been hoped that digitally capturing live arts performances and screening them online or in cinemas/community locations would increase audience attendance by those who would not typically attend similar live performances in person. However two distinct reports, one conducted for the Arts Council England (ACE) and the other by digital distribution service Cinegi, show that “screened versions of live performances are … consumed by those that would attend the arts anyway.” The reports note that screening audiences were significantly lower than expected while technical factors inhibited online viewing numbers. Both reports are available online:

Live-to-Digital in the Arts:

Cinegi Arts & Film Action Research Report:

Why Arts Matter: Australia Council 2018 report released

The Australia Council has released its annual report which this year includes case studies to demonstrate the impact of the Council’s work in wellbeing, social cohesion, Australia’s international reputation, and the future of work. Key statistics that the Council uses to report its progress for 2017-18 include:

  • Support for the creation of over 10,000 new artworks with an audience reach of nearly 23 million

  • Direct support for 762 individual artists and 609 organisations 

  • More than 46,000 arts activities created by, with or for children and young people

  • Support for 600+ arts leaders through the Australia Council’s capacity building programs

  • 63% of grants awarded to female artists.

The full report is available at:

Report: Middle class white males dominate UK arts industry

A new report into UK film, broadcasting, publishing and performing arts has revealed a startling lack of diversity within the sector. The report, Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries produced by Dave O’Brien, Orian Brook, and Mark Taylor from Edinburgh and Sheffield Universities, includes interviews with nearly 250 professionals in the sector and follows on from a discussion held by the British Film Institute on Working class Heroes in film and television. Speakers at this event reinforced the report’s findings noting that the ‘Oxbridge-educated’ gatekeepers may be contributing to ‘the iron curtain around opportunity at some of our national institutions’, and that ‘reductions in drama teaching in schools and cuts to youth services’ were also contributing factors.

The report, released by Create London and Arts Emergency  is available at:

National Cultural Institutions Impact report released

The Department of Communications and the Arts has released its annual report on the  impact of National Cultural Institutions.  These include: The Australian National Maritime Museum; Bundanon Trust; The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House; The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia; The National Gallery of Australia; The National Library of Australia; The National Museum of Australia; The National Portrait Gallery; The Australia Council for the Arts; The Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Screen Australia  The report highlights performance in 2016-17 and projected trends in: arts engagement; access; education; development and support; collection development; initiatives, collaboration and volunteering. 

Full details are available at: 

Creative Arts VET enrolments down - NCVER report 2016

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released its statistical report on student participation for 2016. The Australian government funded VET sector comprises 1931 training providers including 53 TAFE and other government providers; 381 community education providers and 1558 ‘other’ training providers.

1.3 million students were enrolled in the government-funded vocational education and training (VET) system, estimated as nearly 8% of the total Australian population aged 15-64 years. In the 15-19 age bracket just over 21% of Australians participated in the VET system.

The report highlights the changing nature of Australia’s student composition. 

  • student numbers increased by 3.3% but subject enrolments, hours and full-time year training equivalents (FYTEs) all decreased;
  • 83.3 % of VET students studied part time in 2016;
  • There were distinct changes in participation by different age groups.  While the number of 15-19 year olds participating declined by 1.9%, the numbers of students in the 25-44 and 45-64 age brackets both increased by over 7%.

The data shows that the number of Government-funded students by major programs enrolled in creative arts decreased from 439,000 in 2012 to 247,000 in 2016.  Using the data tables provided shows suggests that a creative arts student enrolled in a government VET program is more likely to be Female and aged 24 years or below.

Compared to other fields of education, creative arts enrolled a lower percentage of students from: rural and remote areas and from backgrounds where the language spoken at home was not English.

The full report and supporting materials are available at:

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New stats on private sector support for the Arts

The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research and Creative Partnerships Australia have released a new paper that analyses private sector report for the arts, noting that between $268.5 million and $279.8 million was provided via philanthropic, corporate and private sector support in 2015–16.  The paper is available at:

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