Government and the Arts; an oppositional relationship


Government and the Arts; an oppositional relationship

E361 visual cultured resource room
Level 3, John Medley Building


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The funding of arts and culture in this country reflects a political climate that does not take culture, or the arts practices it spawns, seriously. While a 2017 survey reinforced that 98% of the community engage with the arts, there is little acknowledgement or respect paid to artists and cultural producers at the political level. In its 2018 budget the federal government predicted an overall expenditure of $488.58 billion. Within this total, $1.3 billion - a little more than a quarter of 1% - was allocated to arts and cultural heritage. Many nations spend a great deal more as a percentage of their budget, including nations far poorer or smaller in population than ours.


  • Associate Professor Jo Caust
    Associate Professor Jo Caust, Honorary Principal Fellow