Creating Art Part 1: The makers’ view of pathways for First Nations theatre and dance is the latest study in a series commissioned by the Australia Council with the aim of supporting the First Nations arts sector to connect more Australians to First Nations arts experiences and grow opportunities for First Nations artists.
Conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the research provides vital insights that can inform the recovery and future sustainability of the First Nations arts ecology.
Based on in-depth interviews with 45 dance and theatre makers, Creating Art Part 1 explores First Nations artists’ experiences realising work; maps pathways for works; and highlights opportunities, challenges and calls to action.
Calls to action include:
- a strategic whole-of-sector response to the skills gap in off-stage roles
- resourcing for mentoring and cultural consultant roles
- development of pathways for First Nations companies
- greater recognition of the diversity of First Nations performing arts.
Creating Art Part 2, a report to follow, will provide quantitative benchmarks for the First Nations performing arts sector as it was prior to COVID-19. This evidence will be important in ensuring First Nations arts do not lose their hard-won visibility as a result of the pandemic.
“In this time of uncertainty, we must continue to challenge assumptions, grow opportunities for First Nations creative control and decision-making and empower First Nations creators to self-determine the future of their cultural inheritance.”
– Lydia Miller, Executive Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts