Campbelltown Arts Centre’s project BLEED is among some of Australia’s best work in advancing cultural equity and inclusion in the arts that will become accessible to a wide audience through the Imagine Australia Project, managed by Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) and funded via the Australia Council with support from British Council Australia.
Led by Campbelltown Arts Centre in collaboration with Arts House Melbourne, BLEED digitally engages diverse artists, artforms and audiences. It demonstrates leading practice in artist-first approaches and engagement with the local community.
The Imagine Australia Project will provide inspiration and clear steps for creative cultural equity in a range of areas, with 21 case studies focusing on culturally and linguistically diverse, migrant, ethnic minority, refugee, humanitarian entrant, and people of colour (POC) contexts in the arts.
CEO, Diversity Arts Australia Lena Nahlous said that this is a significant, game-changing project for Australia’s creative sectors.
“We know anecdotally and through our work on the ground there has been amazing work done over the years, but often this work isn’t recorded outside of individual organisations,” she said.
“This is an opportunity to ensure this knowledge is preserved and shared into the future.”
Helen Salmon, British Council Australia Director and co-founder of the Creative Equity Toolkit which will host the case studies, said that The Imagine Australia Project will provide practical case studies and actions for arts professionals to advance cultural diversity within their organisations.
“Knowledge sharing is a key part of positive change and we’re proud to be the co-founder of the Creative Equity Toolkit – a crucial platform to exchange best practice across countries,” she said.
Visit the Diversity Arts Australia website for the future online launch of both the national and global selection of case studies, planned for the latter half of 2022.
Visual: Paeonia Drive | BLEED