NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


Victoria’s Arts Wellbeing Collective has released a guide for performing arts organisations and their collaborators that provides practical strategies to help improve mental health in the workplace. The Work Well Guide responds to research conducted by Victoria University and Entertainment Assist ( and to subsequent commissioned research which highlighted the increased

A recent article in The Guardian by Vicki Kyriakakis outlined the crisis in creative arts and disruptions to the sustainability of Australia’s artist community wrought by art school cuts. The article noted a couple of recent reports which are worth a re-read: The Campaign to destroy the Arts by Alison Croggon Creativity

A new report produced by the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis highlights the economic impact of COVID on the arts and culture sector in the US. It notes that the performing arts were one of the hardest hit areas of the US economy suffering

A new report ‘Reshaping policies for creativity: addressing culture as a global public good’ released by UNESCO has called upon governments across the world to improve labour protection and wages for artists and cultural workers. Commentary in The Guardian noted that the global creative economy had lost over 10 million

Research conducted by the University of Newcastle is highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on arts and culture in the Hunter region. The report explores the effect that COVID-19 has had on  employment, income, social cohesion, audience reach and creative expression. Amongst the findings, the report reveals that: 60% of survey

The Australia Council has released a new report on the connections between digital technology, arts and cultural participation. The report which was produced by the Australia Council and the Arts Council Singapore, reveals that audience expectations, creative participation and organisation of creative endeavour have all been affected by advances in

Australian Academy of Humanities-based group A New Approach has released a new report exploring policy drivers that have influenced cultural and creative policies over the past 70 years. The report Behind the scenes: Drivers of arts and cultural policy in Australia and beyond identifies a number of opportunities for improvement

The Australia Council has released a new report which aims to provide an evidence base to highlight the contribution of First Nations artists to Australian creativity. ‘Creating Art Part 1: The makers’ view of pathways for First Nations theatre and dance’ highlights the essential learnings from this research and identifies

Screen Australia has released new guidelines to assist COVID safe production. Produced by a taskforce that includes the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia, the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Screen Producers Australia (SPA), State and Territory agencies, Guilds, ABC, SBS, Ausfilm and major production companies,

Think Tank “A New Approach” has released a new insight report on the Australian Academy of the Humanities website that captures how middle income, middle aged swinging voters in regional and suburban Australia view arts and culture. Focus groups in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria were asked about the