Indigenous participation in arts and cultural expression and the relationship with wellbeing

Thursday, 23 March 2017
Associate Prof Nicholas Biddle
Mandy Whitford

The Australia Council for the Arts supports First Nations arts and cultural expression, and recognises the integral links between arts, culture, identity and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics latest National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey presents an opportunity to publish new data and analysis about First Nations peoples’ participation in their arts and cultural expression, including changes over time, and demographic breakdowns of participants; and the relationship between Indigenous arts participation and wellbeing, and other socioeconomic outcomes. The Australia Council is working with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research on this new analysis.