Premier puts South Australian arts plan under microscope

THE State Government has engaged Australia Council former chief executive for the arts Tony Grybowski to lead the development of a new arts plan for South Australia.

Mr Grybowski will work in partnership with strategic consultant Graeme Gherashe and a team of experts to undertake a comprehensive review of the state’s arts, cultural and creative sector and its funding structures.

Premier Steven Marshall said the development of the first arts plan is a pillar of his government’s election commitments for the arts.

“We are very pleased to be working with such great leaders in the field of arts and cultural strategy,” Mr Marshall said.

“I am pleased Mr Grybowski and Mr Gherashe’s approach to the significant task ahead is positive.

“I am confident their collective experience will result in the development of a plan based on broad and extensive consultation.”

Mr Grybowski and Mr Gherashe will be joined by award-winning author Dr Claire Scobie, arts policy specialist Kathryn Deyell and creative director and cultural geographer Dr Sarah Barns to engage with stakeholders.

Consultation will take the form of digital surveys, focus groups, interviews and “town-hall” meetings across the state.

An advisory group comprising South Australian and national arts and industry leaders will be established early in the process.

Mr Grybowski said the importance of physically going to rural and remote areas and communities was critical.

“We are looking forward to meeting artists and stakeholders in metropolitan, rural and remote areas to hear their stories, ideas and aspirations,” Mr Grybowski said.

This will help us to understand better the needs of the rich and diverse communities across South Australia.”

South Australia’s reputation as an arts and culture centre is well-known around the world.

The sector employs more than 16,000 people and is characterised by a rich diversity of practice and practitioners, unique and historic assets and facilities, world-renowned festivals and collections and state-of-the-art creative industries.

The resulting plan will introduce a fresh narrative about arts and culture throughout South Australia and propose a compelling story of what the state’s arts, cultural and creative sector aspires to become.

The plan will be developed over the next six months and delivered by mid-year.

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