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

May 01, 2014


Published in 2014, this profile of the Australian contemporary visual arts sector was based on over 100 in-depth interviews. It provided an overview of current issues, opportunities and challenges in the sector, and mapped key developments over the previous decade.

The Australia Council for the Arts commissioned Phip Murray to undertake this research independently.

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
  • Chapter 5 explores audiences and their engagement with contemporary visual arts.

The most successful artists have made incredibly innovative and bold decisions, and they are just as talented as the most successful businessmen, scientists or sportspeople but they are not often elevated with their peers.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE

We juxtapose contemporary art with historical works to demonstrate that art is a continuum – contemporary art is nothing radically different.

Nick Mitzevich Director, Art Gallery of South Australia

Nick Mitzevich
Director, Art Gallery of South Australia

It’s hard but it is also the best job in the world. Even though there is not a lot of financial remuneration, I have rich life experiences that might not be possible in a more conventional career.

Angelica Mesiti

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The Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation’s (CRC-REP) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Economies project.