NAVA, the National Association for the Visual Arts, has released a commissioned report into the economy of the small to medium visual arts sector in Australia. The report, produced by consultancy group ‘Economists at Large’ and supported by the City of Sydney, is the first comprehensive study of its type to be conducted since 2002. It notes that the SME sector employs 2000 people, produces 26,000 new art works each year and represents a contribution of $100 million to the economy. Its recommendations include: increased government investment, improved policy coordination and the adoption of funding decision-making process at arms length from government to avoid politicisation.
A copy of the report is available at: https://visualarts.net.au/media/uploads/files/S2M_Report_NAVA2017.pdf