Marshall Government releases first Arts plan since 2000

02.09.2019
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The Marshall Liberal Government has today released the new ‘Arts and Culture Plan South Australia 2019-2024, the first government plan for the sector in almost two decades.

The Plan was developed to invigorate the arts and culture sector throughout South Australia, and inform government decision making moving forward.

Premier Steven Marshall said the Plan will lead to wide-reaching improvements across South Australia’s cultural sector, which employs more than 16,000 people.

“We are very pleased with the thorough report provided to us by consultants Mr Tony Grybowski, Graeme Gherashe and their team, following extensive consultation with individuals and groups across the sector,” said Premier Marshall.

“South Australia has a rich cultural history, with fantastic events, productions and festivals that are a big part of our DNA.

“Out arts sector is thriving, but there is always more that can be done, and in releasing this Plan today, I’m thrilled that my government is setting up our arts sector for even greater future success.”

Former Chief Executive of the Australia Council for the Arts Mr Tony Grybowski – in partnership with strategic consultant Mr Graeme Gherashe and a team of experts – lead the development of the Plan following a comprehensive review of the state’s arts, cultural and creative sector and its funding structures.

Mr Grybowski said the process of developing the plan was based on hearing from a wide cross section of South Australians; he and his team felt this aspect of their role was fundamental.

“The consulting team was determined to meet with as many from across the arts community as possible - in city, metro and regional areas. This rich engagement generated diverse thoughts and insights that have been incorporated right across the Plan. The Plan is really the voice of the community,” said Mr Grybowski.

“The consultation process was such an inspiring experience that underlined South Australia’s status as a national leader in the arts. The consulting team would like to thank everyone who took part and contributed such passionate and valuable ideas.

“I’m confident this new Arts Plan for South Australia will help support a new era of artistic, cultural and creative success and excitement.”

The Plan’s release follows the provision in this year’s State Budget of $150 million towards the development of the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery, along with $500,000 towards the next stage in the planning of the gallery, and $2.6 million to upgrade the storage facility housing the State’s extensive collection of Aboriginal cultural material.

The development of the gallery will realise the government’s vision for Lot Fourteen, transforming it into the national epicentre for innovation, culture and tourism. 

A further $1.25 million a year for the next three years has been provided to the Adelaide Festival to ensure it remains Australia’s pre-eminent arts festival.

To view the Plan and a copy of the Review, visit the Department of the Premier and Cabinet website.

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