Tell us your vision for the arts in South Australia

Some issues and themes you may choose to consider:


1. AMBITION: - What three or four words or phrases resonate with you that describe or imagine the future of the arts industries in South Australia?
2. FIRST NATIONS ARTS AND CULTURE: - How do we reinforce existing stories, or tell a new story about first nations’ arts and culture – about the past and our journey together into the future?  What is that story for you?
3. PRIORITY AREAS AND OUTCOMES: - What are priority areas for you?  What should we do differently to grow and drive increased sustainability across the arts in South Australia?  How do you simply and briefly define SA’s role in the Australian arts sector?  What are some opportunities in the future?
4. GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE: - What is the role of government (funding, advocate, investor, regulator, facilitator)?  How should it achieve the objectives of this role(s)?
5. AUDIENCE AND ACCESS: - What are some of the key issues and opportunities for South Australia across the following areas: • Diversity • Audience engagement • Rural and remote community participation and access • Corporate participation and support • Philanthropic support and investment for social impact?
6. INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION: - What can be done through the arts sector to: • cultivate skills including entrepreneurial and innovation across business and industry • increase tourism • harness the opportunities of digital technology • enhance creative spaces and places • increase the importance and role of the creative industries in driving the economy • establish an industry and “point of difference” for South Australia?
7. EMBEDDING ARTS AND CULTURE: - We talk about “integration and embedding the arts across government and into everyday life" - what do you see as the main opportunities and challenges to such pathways?
8. ECOLOGY: - Any “ecology” has many parts that are interdependent or may rely on each other for survival, growth and increased sustainability. What are some key issues of the South Australian arts and cultural ecology that could be strengthened to increase overall vibrancy and sustainability?  What are the “disrupters” that will emerge and may impact a future ecology?  Some components of an arts ecology may include the following segments: • Education • Emerging artists • Mid-career artists • Established artists • Small to medium companies • Larger companies • Venues and other infrastructure • Collecting institutions, museums and galleries • Festivals.
9. FINAL THOUGHTS: - What are the three key things you wish to happen from this Plan?

You can either respond to some of these themes and question, or simply tell us your own ideas and and 'arts story'.

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Kate Larsen

19 Mar 2019

The arts in South Australia should be:

AMBITIOUS: South Australia may be a smaller state with a smaller population, but this should be used as a selling point, not an excuse. We should not just celebrate our history as a State and City of Firsts, but also commit to a future of the same. We should invest in and incubate work that is bold, brave and risk-taking. We should lead the country in terms of the ideas and stories our artists and arts organisations share, and the ways in which they share them. And we should channel our investment into the powerhouses of that innovation: independent artists and Small-to-Medium (S2M) organisations.

ACCESSIBLE: In difficult economic times, the communities that experience the biggest and most detrimental impact are often those who are already marginalised. Whether involved as artists, arts workers, board members, participants or audiences, this means that First Nations communities, Deaf and disabled people, youth, people in regional areas, and those from culturally diverse backgrounds (among others) are likely to face additional barriers to arts participation. We should embed access into our arts funding processes, arts practices and organisations. We should make inclusion a priority, not an afterthought. We should focus on the cutting-edge outcomes of integrated access, not on compliance. And we should actively redress the historical imbalance that has stopped our marginalised communities from being able to participate in the State’s creative and cultural life: such as making sure our existing arts infrastructure is accessible, welcoming and fit-for purpose.

SUSTAINABLE:The 2018 State Budget announcements have exposed the SA arts sector to a period characterised by uncertainty, instability, negative readjustment and grief. The longer-term impact of the State’s truncated investment in the arts is likely to include SA organisations reducing their size, programs, engagement and reach, and/or SA artists and arts workers leaving the sector or the State. What is broken is not so easily fixed. We should immediately address this uncertainty and clarify the restructure of Arts South Australia, changes to arts grants and how those grants will be administered. We should look to the State Government for strong, strategic and consistent support. And we should call upon it to value its investment in arts and culture in as demonstrable a way as it does investment in other areas, such as its space and military infrastructure.

DIVERSE (AND PUT FIRST NATIONS ARTS AT ITS HEART): South Australia’s arts organisations do not currently mirror the diversity of the communities and constituencies they represent and serve. We should insist upon diversity at all levels of our arts organisations and programs. We should embed best practice principles for community-engaged work to ensure “nothing about us, without us.” And we should listen to and be led by our First Nations artists and communities (both through the significant work already undertaken as part of the Aboriginal Arts Strategic Plan in 2012, and through ongoing, meaningful, community-led engagement).

larsenkeys.com.au/2019/03/14/the-new-saartsplan-a-draft-response/

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Susan Armitage

14 Mar 2019

AMBITION for the Arts in SA: innovation, ideas connected to place, a strategy eschewing popularism, an ambition of international excellence...
COMMUNICATION/ EMBEDDING ARTS AND CULTURE:
I am currently sitting in Doha,emailing you from the Middle East. Adelaide and the Arts sector I believe could learn from a communication initiative of Qatar Museums, which I have found invaluable. I subscribe to a Culture Pass site, organised through Qatar Museums, the organizing Arts body here. The Culture Pass consists of a regular email on “what’s “ on across Doha ..the range and diversity of opportunities, in all spheres, is STAGGERING... Architecural Walks, visits to buildings to see world class architecture and an opportunity to engage in these ideas, Public programmes at the Museum of Islamic Art, an International Women’s Day seminar at the Qatar National Library, a Biennial International Architectural forum run through Virginia Commonwealth University, the opening of the National Museum, speakers on Islamic manuscripts at the MIA Library, expert speakers on Palmyra..and that’s just in ONE week.
I’d love to receive a broad What’s On in Adelaide ..with links to sites to book tickets, or to nominate attendance.. so much of what is provided in Adelaide is free..Festival of Ideas, Writers Week, Volunteer tours of AGSA, the Botanic Gardens, the SA Museum, entry to Exhibitions, community art events, Instagram feeds.
An effective communication strategy ,which is relatively cheap, would immediately signal a State and City, engaged in the Arts and wanting people to share in these opportunities. The State in a sense should co- brand with the Arts...the City does already, with the annual Adelaide Festival of Arts.
SPADE READY? : I understand the need to provide projects in SA which provide employment but I think it’s limited to view the Arts too narrowly in an economic context alone . Art, science, beauty, ideas, intellectual engagement, a connection to place, respectful story telling are all important goals in themselves and define a sense of who we are...
FINAL THOUGHTS: 3 ideas
#Reward existing Cultural institutions which have demonstrated they have the people and resources to attract audiences, provide programmes of International excellence, capable of touring internationally, and able to engage intellectually with the community. Hard working institutions which already nurture new audiences. Surely your greatest immediate, SHORT TERM, leverage will come from investing in existing institutions which already meet your goals.
# provide LONG TERM, integrated planning ..ie a 10, 20 year plan of what should be built in this state to provide the necesssary INFRASTRUCTURE to cope with current and future needs. Think laterally about how the “ Arts” world will evolve and how we will consume the Arts in the future.
Provide LONG TERM integrated planning to look to provide avenues to meld various Arts disciplines over time...make co- operation attractive.
# take a risk..

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K. Ballard

09 Mar 2019

I live in a large rural city community. We see only what Country Arts SA want us to see now. About a decade or so ago we as a community would go to Country Arts SA and say, yes, we would like to see a Blues evening or a Jazz evening here, and the local community would take it upon them selves to guarantee attendance, if it was organized! And they were successful performances - and everyone was happy!
But that ability was suddenly taken away from us! Of course, like many other things money plays a large factor in getting such performances out into the regions. But shouldn't the regions be allowed to have a say in what THEY would support and see too, instead of having the decision made for us by Country Arts SA?

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Ruth Rentschler

01 Mar 2019

The arts ecology is strong in SA but could be stronger if the message is communicated to potential audiences about its richness. Some of the great things that happen are a secret known only by those who’ve lived here a long time. For outsiders it’s sometimes hard to find out what’s going on and how to experience it

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Ruth Rentschler

01 Mar 2019

Boost arts governance effectiveness in all arts organisations
Hold festivals all year round to bring vitality and value to the state across the year
Bring the disparate pieces of the puzzle that are Aboriginal experiences together in a well-marketed set of opportunities that promote the strengths in Aboriginal arts to a hungry public

Sean Williams > Ruth Rentschler

03 Mar 2019

"Hold festivals all year round"

Instead of all at once (it feels like, sometimes) in Mad March? Imagine the audiences we could achieve if people didn't have to choose between competing events occurring on the same night.

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Ruth Rentschler

01 Mar 2019

The arts have social, economic and cultural benefit for the state creating vibrancy, vitality but also jobs and growth in a state with the highest unemployment nationally.

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