Developing a National Arts, Culture and Creativity Plan

Kaylene Whiskey, Dolly visits Indulkana, 2020 projected onto the Sydney Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sails as part of Badu Gili: Wonder Women. Photo by Daniel Boud, courtesy Sydney Opera House.

Last week NAVA joined other peak bodies across Australia facilitated by Theatre Network Australia to hear more about the recent report ‘Imagining 2030: Preparing for a National Arts, Culture and Creativity Plan’ released by A New Approach (ANA). This is the first analysis paper by the non-government national think-tank unpacking what a national arts plan might look like.  

Looking at the arts industry alongside other industries such as agriculture, sport and tourism, ANA is recommending a holistic and measurable national plan across all art and creative industries. While at this stage there is no confirmation or commitment about whether the proposal will be adopted by the government, NAVA is committed to ensuring the voices of artists and the visual arts and craft sector is represented strongly at all levels of its development.

The report draws together insights and data to make a compelling case about the merit and strengths of art, culture and creative industries. Not solely driven by an economic approach, the report also includes the power of art to tackle loneliness and social wellbeing, education, health and international relationships. As part of this holistic approach questions have been posed for consideration:

  • What does 'relevance' and 'significance' mean in different places and communities in the 21st century? 
  • What do I think the purpose of public (government) funding is? 
  • How should a Plan reflect the changing demographic makeup of Australia? 
  • How should a Plan enable cultural and creative industries, institutions and individuals to be more productive in the future? 

These questions are intrinsic to the consultation NAVA is currently undertaking in updating the Code of Practice. We are active advocates for our Members on national matters and will continue to be a part of discussions about a future arts and creative industries plan. We see the revised Code of Practice as core to the future of any successful sector plan and the work we are doing now will play a crucial role in informing its development.  

Across our 38-year history, NAVA has been committed to championing artists, leading discussions and advocating for policies that continue to strengthen Australia’s contemporary visual arts and craft sector. Plans have come and gone in that time and NAVA has thrived and continued to amplify the voices of artists and visual arts organisations from across the country.  

We encourage you to read the report and register for the webinar today, 1:30pm AEST 29 June 2021 to hear directly from ANA’s CEO Kate Fielding.