Arts Initiative Australia works with funders and artists to support sustainable arts in Australia.
What does sustainable arts mean?
Currently in Australia, many artists cannot maintain sustainable careers for a number of reasons:
Due to lack of perceived value and/or perceived relevance
Due to lack of capacity beyond the artistic practice
Due to reliance on unreliable financial structures
Having a sustainable career means being able to create art without any restrictions that may otherwise by imposed by funding structures and being able to derive income from artistic practice.
What's needed to achieve sustainable arts?
Artists, collectives, or small organisations are increasingly expected to be more entrepreneurial to sustain their work. We believe more investment in capacity building is required to sustain creative arts, which is why our funding is directed towards: infrastructure (resources and knowledge); artistic works that are part of a strategic plan; and audience development. Read more.
Who are the funders?
You! Anyone who values the arts in Australia can be a supporter of Arts Initiative Australia. You can sign up for a recurring donation from $5 a month (that's one coffee a month!) or give a one-time donation. Our supporters become part of a community of Australians passionate about the future of arts and will receive invitations to exclusive events, as well as receiving in-depth updates about funded projects. Read more.
Natalie Zwar - Chair
Natalie is a Sydney-based lawyer specialising in intellectual property.
The arts have always been a huge part of my life, and I want to ensure its future!
Andrew Batt-Rawden - Director
Andrew is a Perth-based artist and publisher. He directs/develops live performance experiences, and directs/curates festivals, composes music, performs and models. He is the director of Arts Illuminated Pty Ltd (publisher of Limelight Magazine) and is represented as an artist by Chronology Arts.
Andrew Luboski - Director
Andrew is a foreign exchange trader at Citigroup based in New York. He has been playing violin since the age of five, has an LMusA diploma (with distinction) and currently writes classical music reviews for Limelight Magazine. He has been concertmaster of the University of Sydney and SBS Youth Orchestras. He is passionate about music education, and would like to see every child in Australia be musically literate.
Claire Stokes - Director
Claire Stokes is a passionate social impact leader with experience in arts management, not-for-profit services and social enterprise, tertiary education and research. She is currently Development Manager, Lecturer & Researcher at Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia. Claire is passionate about arts entrepreneurship and ensuring creative arts have a vibrant future in Australia.