Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2022-2026

Thursday 14 October 2021

A golden worm sits above a plinth in the middle of Edinburgh Gardens
Image: Kathy Holowko, The Unsung Hero, 2019. Temporary public artwork commissioned for the Edinburgh Gardens Plinth Program. Mild steel, wood, paint. 1300 x 1030 x 850 mm. Photo credit: J. Forsyth

Do you enjoy the arts? Are you an artist, or are you involved in the creative industries in Yarra? Do you value our creative community?

In 2019 we went out to the community to find out what you already love about the arts in Yarra, what you would like to see more of, and what we can do to support creativity in Yarra. This consultation found that people love the diversity, accessibility and vibrancy of Yarra’s arts and culture, as well as the contribution they make to Yarra’s sense of identity. In contrast, they found Yarra challenging for its lack of affordable spaces and the associated financial vulnerability of its artists. They wanted more public events, studio spaces, and artist-in-residence opportunities.

From this research and discovery process, Council developed the priorities which will guide our next Arts and Culture Strategy. The COVID-19 restrictions delayed the strategy’s development, but in 2021, further community consultation gave rise to the initiatives and actions that achieve these priorities.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this process. This work has now been captured in the Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2022-2026. The draft will go to Council on 19 October to be endorsed for exhibition. It will then be available to be viewed from 20 October – 10 November. During this period we welcome your comments and feedback.

To view the Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2022-2026 and to find out how you can provide comment visit Your Say Yarra.


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