ANA’s Insight Reports provide research and analysis into arts and cultural policy topics. 

The Next Generation of Voters

This report provides current insights into the attitudes and beliefs held by ‘young middle Australians’ towards arts and cultural engagement and the role it plays in their lives. It includes the findings of a national focus group study of 18–29-year-old ‘undecided voters’ from lower- and middle-income families, predominantly living in outer suburbs, regional areas and federal marginal electorates. The findings highlight that young middle Australians see arts and culture as central to their lives. They describe their engagement with arts and culture as inseparable from their other everyday activities. They don’t associate arts and culture with elitism – they see it as integral to a full and rounded life. As such, arts and culture will play an increasingly critical role in shaping our nation’s future direction.

The Big Picture: Public Expenditure on Artistic, Cultural and Creative Activity in Australia

This report looks at more than a decade of expenditure on arts and culture by the three tiers of government in Australia (2007-08 to 2017-18). Current and credible data sources have been utilised and it is the most comprehensive study of its type. It identifies some basic international comparisons and, by synthesising available data, enables meaningful comparisons to be made now and into the future between different years, different levels of government and different areas of expenditure. One of our hopes is that people will realise the value in capturing, analysing and disseminating relevant data to ensure an even clearer picture of the funding environment and return on investment in all its forms.

As the first output of an ambitious research agenda, the report provides new insights and also raises many questions.

Transformative: Impacts of Culture and Creativity

Individuals, communities, businesses, philanthropists and governments invest in and engage with arts and culture. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that almost all of us (82.4%) are attending cultural venues and events, and households are spending more than $25 billion a year on cultural goods and services. What are the impacts of this participation and investment? What benefits do they generate? What do we need to do to ensure these investments of time and money are sustained, relevant and effective into the future? This is our second report, Transformative: Impacts of Culture and Creativity. It recognises some of the challenges Australia faces as a nation and asks, ‘what if creative and cultural activity could make a transformative contribution towards solving them?’. The report provides a snapshot of current research and findings about the positive impacts of artistic, creative and cultural activity on seven different parts of our lives.
As the first output of an ambitious research agenda, the report provides new insights and also raises many questions.

A View from Middle Australia: Perceptions of Arts, Culture and Creativity

This report, A view from middle Australia: Perceptions of arts, culture and creativity, comes at a strange time in Australia’s history. Just weeks before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, ANA commissioned qualitative research to talk about arts and culture with “middle Australians” — that is, middle-aged, middle income swing voters from suburban and regional Australia. We wanted to know whether they valued arts and culture, if they made space for it in their lives, if they thought it was important to their kids and to society, and what they would and would not be willing to lose from the Australian cultural terrain. The report draws on conversations that occurred during eight focus groups in February 2020, with men and women living in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Townsville.

Behind the Scenes: Drivers of Arts and Cultural Policy Settings in Australia and Beyond

This report, Behind the scenes: Drivers of arts and cultural policy settings in Australia and beyond, draws on 70 years of Australian and international arts, cultural and creative policies. Four key policy drivers are brought centre stage, making them clearer and more accessible so that a wider range of people can take part in informed discussion about Australia’s cultural policy settings. If we want our public and private investments in arts and culture to be effective and relevant, then the motivations we have for that investment matter.

Australia’s Cultural and Creative Economy: A 21st Century Guide

Everything we’ve learned from completing four in-depth reports exploring effective investment and return in arts, culture and creativity tells us that Australia is ready for a National Arts, Culture and Creativity Plan — a plan that would provide a framework to efficiently address the policy, legislative, regulatory and investment settings that span the cultural and creative industries. The forthcoming report on the cultural and creative economy explains why making this plan now will unleash opportunities for Australians to participate in and contribute to the economy and society in the 21st century. The purpose of this report is to give an overview of our cultural and creative economy and highlight opportunities for Australia to adopt a 21st century approach in this industry sector. It outlines the scope, scale and trends within the cultural and creative economy pre-Covid-19, and highlights opportunities that respond to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) urging nations to strive to ‘build back better’.

ANA was established in 2018 with a $1.65 million commitment by The Myer Foundation, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Keir Foundation. The Australian Academy of the Humanities was the lead delivery partner for the initiative for the period 2018-2020, and some of the publications displayed on this page were produced during that period. They are reproduced here with the permission of the Academy

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