Who Are We?

The survey has now closed. Thank you to all who lent your voice to this project.

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In 2024, we’re undertaking important new research to find out what our creative community looks like today – and where we want it to grow in the future.

What are we doing?

We are gathering information about our arts and culture sector from a range of different places, including:

  • in-depth one-on-one interviews with stakeholders across the sector
  • collating data from available sources such as the ABS; publications related to arts, culture, tourism, industry and community; previous research and consultation conducted in the Northern Rivers; grant applications and acquittal data
  • holding a region-wide anonymous online survey of the community.

What will we do with this information?

Once we've completed our research, we will then analyse and interpret the findings and deliver them back to the community in a range of different formats, such as a detailed report aimed at government and more summarised fact sheets about each LGA and on key topics that emerge, aimed at the public.

We will share solid evidence to inform arts and culture strategy and planning at all levels of decision-making and help pave the way for delivering some real outcomes for our arts and culture communities and their audiences in the region. 

For us at Arts Northern Rivers, it will help us understand what artists and audiences in our region need in order for our arts and culture industry to thrive for the next 5-10 years.

Why is this needed?

Our aim in conducting this research is to gain a detailed understanding of the current state of the arts and culture industries in the Northern Rivers, and also understand the challenges, needs, and priorities of our artists and audiences. We are hoping to also demonstrate the value of the arts and culture sector to our community, economy, tourism, cultural heritage, health and wellbeing, and more, making this a really important tool for arts advocacy.

Having an accurate picture of our creative ecosystem is important to ensure support goes to the right places. The information we collect is going to be available for us all to use.

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For any questions on this project, please contact admin@artsnorthernrivers.com.au

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