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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3542 ..


Arts—minister's creative council

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for the Arts and Community Events. Minister, can you update the Assembly on the establishment of your arts advisory body, the minister's creative council?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. I was pleased to announce earlier this month that we were establishing the inaugural minister's creative council as an advisory body to help inform the ACT government's arts policy and strategic direction and further facilitate good communication between Canberra's creative communities and the government.

The creative council will comprise up to 12 members of Canberra's arts community who must have demonstrated experience in the arts, including areas such as visual arts and craft, curatorship, music, dance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures, theatre, physical theatre and circus, literature, community arts and cultural development, screen arts, comedy, design and arts events.

Expressions of interest to be appointed to the council opened on 1 August and they close tomorrow. I am advised that as of this morning there have been 31 applications. I am delighted to see such a strong interest. Of course, anyone interested in applying to be on the council still has until tomorrow evening.

I am looking for a diverse, multidisciplinary membership for the council to ensure that we are capturing advice and insights from across our broad and varied arts community. The council should reflect the diversity of our arts sector across all levels of practice and participation, generating great ideas for the arts in Canberra and contributing to the ongoing growth for our flourishing arts sector.

MR PETTERSSON: Can the minister please advise what qualities and expertise are being sought from potential members of the creative council?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary question. In deciding on the composition of the creative council I will be looking for people who can provide a broad range of knowledge, skills and qualifications relevant to the arts community. Each member of the council must be able to demonstrate experience in one of the art forms that I have listed today. Additional skills such as sector development, artist development, business, governance, risk management, legal, financial or social inclusion will also be considered desirable.

I am looking for people who are strongly connected to the ACT arts community so that they can provide informed advice and sector perspectives directly to government. I will be expecting council members to engage directly with the ACT arts community to encourage collaboration, identify opportunities and flag concerns, providing a point of contact for the arts community and passing these views on to government. The council is intended to utilise creative and critical thinking to provide strategic vision, generate great ideas and propose innovative solutions to benefit artists and the arts in Canberra.


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