Arts Matters

Arts Matters

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While Western Australia has been incredibly fortunate and has been able to ease COVID restrictions much faster than most of the world, indeed faster than most of Australia, the impact on the arts and culture sector has been massive.

From the WA Government’s COVID Impact Statement in released in December 2020 more than 32,000 cultural and arts events were cancelled in WA due to COVID restrictions, film and television productions stalled, and art, literature and music sales continue to face significant losses.

On average casual employment in the arts decreased by 75%, contract employment decreased by 78%, and ...

While Western Australia has been incredibly fortunate and has been able to ease COVID restrictions much faster than most of the world, indeed faster than most of Australia, the impact on the arts and culture sector has been massive.

From the WA Government’s COVID Impact Statement in released in December 2020 more than 32,000 cultural and arts events were cancelled in WA due to COVID restrictions, film and television productions stalled, and art, literature and music sales continue to face significant losses.

On average casual employment in the arts decreased by 75%, contract employment decreased by 78%, and revenue reduced by 72%. The estimated financial impact on the arts and culture sector was $48 million with further losses expected in 2021.

We are calling on the Western Australian Government to support our artists, arts organisation and cultural institutions survive this once in a century devastation and help us all through the recovery process ahead, by providing opportunities to gather, celebrate, and reflect through arts and cultural experiences. 

 

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Arts Matters - Let your voice be heard

Join us as we urge our leaders to protect a sector that remains impacted by travel and venue restrictions. We ask our leaders to address soft infrastructure; the artists, organisations, and workers who make and present art; and to provide support in delivering creative excellence, innovation, and capacity-building for a future-proof economy.

Use this form to join us in calling for greater access to arts and cultural activities across the ...

Join us as we urge our leaders to protect a sector that remains impacted by travel and venue restrictions. We ask our leaders to address soft infrastructure; the artists, organisations, and workers who make and present art; and to provide support in delivering creative excellence, innovation, and capacity-building for a future-proof economy.

Use this form to join us in calling for greater access to arts and cultural activities across the State; and for greater investment to future-proof the creative economy as a contributor to the State's success as a leader in making, doing, thinking and presenting a range of unique arts and cultural experiences.

 

 

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  • share why the arts matters to you
  • keep it polite
  • be direct about your arts ask to your local representative, see some ideas below
  1. Fund cultural infrastructure
  2. Prioritise arts education programs in the school curriculum
  3. Create a strategic fund for the State Cultural Institutions
  4. Establish a Commissioning Fun for more local development of arts projects
  5. Invest further in outer metropolitan communities