The 2009 Review of the Arts in Canberra by Peter Loxton and Associates recommended the development of a new arts policy for the ACT. This also included an extensive external review of the ACT arts sector.

The subsequent development of the ACT Arts Policy Framework was undertaken internally by artsACT in conjunction with the former ACT Cultural Council and following community consultation. Minister for the Arts, Joy Burch MLA released the Framework on 19 July 2012. The Framework reflected the ACT Government’s continuing commitment to support and strengthen the ACT arts sector and, through it, the wider community. It identified arts priorities and provided a structure within which future arts policy would be developed, while guiding the implementation and review of existing policy and programs.

As part of the ACT Government’s ongoing commitment to community participation and engagement, the ACT Arts Policy Framework was reviewed in 2015 to ensure that it continues to be a relevant and engaged policy. artsACT has also been working on an analysis of the ACT arts sector as part of this process.

Overview of the consultation process

The consultation period for the ACT Arts Policy Framework Review (the Review) opened on 18 March 2015 and closed on 5 May 2015. A timeline of key dates and activities is at Appendix A. 

Methods of consultation used were:

  • ACT Arts Policy Framework Review Reference Group (the Reference Group), appointed by the Minister for the Arts
  • Online survey
  • Written submissions
  • Community forum
  • Targeted workshops (visual arts, music, arts facilities, dance/circus, theatre)
  • Facebook group for young and emerging artists
  • Meetings with ACT Government stakeholders

The community forum, online survey and written submissions were advertised publically via:

  • Media releases from the Minister for the Arts
  • artsACT website
  • Time to Talk website
  • ACT Government portal
  • ACT Government Facebook page
  • artsACT eNewsletter
  • Our City, Our Community ACT Government eNewsletter
  • Whole-of-ACT Government email
  • artsACT twitter account
  • ACT Government Twitter account
  • Emails to key arts organisations, program funded organisations, National Cultural Institutions, ANU, University of Canberra
  • ABC666 interview with the Chair of the Reference Group 

Other local artists and arts organisation also disseminated the information about the consultation amongst their networks. 

The targeted workshops and Facebook forum were by invitation only and were run by members of the Reference Group (with the exception of the theatre sector workshop). Staff from the artsACT policy team were present in an observer capacity. 

Stakeholders who were engaged during the Review included:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit, ACT Health
  • ACT Arts Policy Framework Review Reference Group
  • ACT Government employees
  • ACT Writers Centre Inc
  • Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres
  • Artists (funded and unfunded by artsACT)
  • Artists Society of Canberra
  • Arts administrators and professionals
  • Arts and Health Curator, Canberra Hospital
  • ArtsReady
  • ArtSound FM 
  • Arts educators
  • Arts reviewers
  • Aspen Island Theatre Company
  • Ausdance (ACT) 
  • Australian National Capital Artists Inc
  • Australian National Eisteddfod
  • Australian National University, including the School of Art and School of Music
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Beaver Galleries
  • Belconnen Arts Centre
  • Canberra Blues Society
  • Canberra Brass Incorporated
  • Canberra Choral Society
  • Canberra City Band
  • Canberra Contemporary Art Space
  • Canberra Dance Theatre
  • Canberra Glassworks 
  • Canberra International Film Festival 
  • Canberra International Music Festival
  • Canberra Potters Society 
  • Canberra Repertory Society
  • Canberra Symphony Orchestra 
  • Canberra Youth Music 
  • Canberra Youth Theatre 
  • Childers Group
  • Craft ACT 
  • Cultural Facilities Corporation
  • Duo Plus
  • Gorman House Markets
  • Lingua Franca Dance and Physical Theatre
  • Live Music Office
  • Live Performance Australia
  • M16 Artspace 
  • Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
  • Megalo Access Arts 
  • Molonglo Group
  • Music ACT
  • Music For Everyone 
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Film and Sound Archive
  • National Folk Festival
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Library of Australia
  • National Museum of Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • PhotoAccess 
  • Pro-Musica 
  • QL2 Centre for Youth Dance 
  • Questacon
  • Rebus Theatre
  • Screen ACT
  • Strathnairn Arts Association 
  • The Street Theatre (The Stagemaster)
  • Tuggeranong Community Arts Association 
  • Warehouse Circus 
  • Wild Voices Music Theatre
  • University of Canberra
  • Us Mob Writers Group and First Nations Writers Network
  • You Are Here festival
  • 360 FM

Please note that this list may not be comprehensive, as some feedback was received anonymously. 

Overall, artsACT estimates that over 300 individuals and representative organisations were engaged during the consultation process.