Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 418. Updated Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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Arts sector painted by numbers

A comprehensive, statistical overview of the Australian arts sector has been posted on the Australia Council for the Arts' Art Facts website.

Chief Executive of the Council, Tony Grybowski said the overview was the latest addition to the Council's Art Facts project, bringing together information about the arts sector from data collected by the Australia Council, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and industry stakeholders.

"The arts sector is constantly evolving and the statistics we've gathered for the Art Facts overview show many positive trends," Mr Grybowski said.

"The interactive Art Facts website brings together facts, figures and research from across the sector into one place to provide a detailed picture of the key trends, issues and opportunities for the arts."

He said the overview's findings were split into five categories - arts creation, industry, participation, global trade and industry support.

Council releases overview

"Users of the website will be able to discover a range of interesting facts, have the ability to share their findings, leave comments, "like" what they learn and test their knowledge through an online quiz," Mr Grybowski said.

Some of the key findings include: 89 per cent of Australians think the arts are an important part of education; 92 per cent of Australians think Indigenous arts are an important part of Australia's culture; philanthropic income to the Major Performing Arts organisations has doubled since 2009; one in three artists use their creative skills in other industries and live performances generated more than $1 billion in ticket sales in 2012.

Mr Grybowski said the overview drew on several new pieces of research the Council had provided to the sector and the public to keep them informed of trends and changes in the arts.

He said the overview would be added to existing research already on the Art Facts website, which had specific information on visual arts and music.

"We plan to expand this research resource to include other art-form areas, such as literature, dance and theatre, Mr Grybowski said.

The Art Facts overview data can be found at this PS News link.

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