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NSW Arts Sector Report Round-Up

In recent months, there have been numerous reports published regarding the current and planned state of the New South Wales Arts industry by bodies including Museums & Galleries NSW, Create NSW and the Australian Government for the Arts. Regional Arts NSW takes a look at these reports and summarises some of their key findings below.

Museums & Galleries NSW: 2018 NSW Museum & Gallery Sector Census

Prepared in late 2018 by Museums & Galleries NSW, this Census aims to provide an accurate overview and evaluation of the small-to-medium museum and gallery sector across the state. Building on previous research, it will also be used to inform M&G NSW’s future programs and services. Previous major censuses were conducted in 2013 and 1999.

The study collected data from 377 museums, galleries, heritage organisations and Aboriginal cultural centres across the state on important factors such as collections, staffing and visitation. All responding organisations had to have collections and/or provide exhibitions, be accessible to the public on a regular basis, and operate on a not-for-profit basis. Two-thirds of respondents were regionally based.

Key Insights and Findings:

Organisations

Collections

Staffing

Visitation

Cataloguing

Program

Volunteers

Income/Expenditure

To read the full report, click here.

Create NSW: The Economic Value of Arts, Screen and Culture to NSW

The Economic Value of Arts, Screen and Culture to NSW report aims to inform future decision making and policy development, by identifying the direct and direct contributions the arts, screen and cultural sectors have made to the NSW economy.

Overall, approximately $16.4 billion in Gross State Product and nearly 120,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs were generated in NSW by the arts, screen and cultural sectors in 2016-17. 

All figures are from 2016/2017.

Key Insights and Findings:

To read the full report, click here.

Create NSW: Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025+

The Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025+ outlines a strategic framework for how the NSW Government will support and deliver cultural infrastructure to 2025 and beyond. It was created in response to previous research which indicated the importance of cultural infrastructure to the state’s economy, tourism industry, global appeal, urban renewal and regional economic development, and community and neighbourhood networks.

Cultural infrastructure includes theatres, galleries, museums, libraries, archives, community halls, cinemas, public art and outdoor events spaces.

Key Insights and Findings:

The Plan sets out the following strategic priorities for NSW:

The Plan’s key consultation findings include:

To read the full report, click here.

Australian Government: Creative skills for the future economy

A research paper completed by the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR), Creative skills for the future economy analyses the skills and qualifications of people working in creative fields and establishes their importance to the future economy, particularly given the effect new technology is expected to have on workforces and industries.

Key Insights and Findings:

To read the full report, click here.