Talking Points: A Snapshot of Contemporary Visual Arts 2013-14

Murray, P 2014, Talking Points: A Snapshot of Contemporary Visual Arts 2013-14, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia


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Title of report Talking Points: A Snapshot of Contemporary Visual Arts 2013-14
Author(s) Murray, P
Year of publication 2014
Publisher Australia Council for the Arts
Place of publication Australia
Subjects Architectural Design
Abstract/Summary This report is a profile of the contemporary visual arts sector based on extensive interviews with stakeholders. It is not intended as a comprehensive analysis of Australian contemporary art; rather, it aims to give a snapshot of the overall sector, mapping key developments over the past decade and exploring current challenges and opportunities. The Australia Council for the Arts commissioned Phip Murray to undertake the research independently. The report is being used to understand the visual arts sector and to inform thinking as the Australia Council develops a new strategic plan. The research comprised in-depth interviews with a diverse range of stakeholders: those who make, present, buy and sell contemporary visual art in Australia. A total of 72 people participated in face-to-face interviews and 21 contributed text-based submissions. The findings form five chapters: Chapter 1 gives an overview of the different spheres of activity that comprise Australian contemporary visual art; Chapter 2 examines contemporary art infrastructure; Chapter 3 focuses on artists; Chapter 4 reviews Australian contemporary art within the international context; and Chapter 5 explores audiences and their engagement with contemporary visual arts. Summary of key findings: (1) The contemporary visual art sector is increasingly variegated; (2) Sustainability of infrastructure is an ongoing concern; (3) New players and new models need to be supported; (4) The increase in private sector support for contemporary art; (5) The emergence of career pathways for artists; (6) 'Mid-career' is a challenging time for Australian artists; (7) Increasing the visibility of Australian contemporary art in the international context; and (8) Supporting different models for audience engagement.
Commissioning body Australia Council for the Arts
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