The arts play a crucial role in our society. Art speaks truth to power and it shapes how we think about ourselves and the world.
The reason the Australia Council exists is to ensure a peer-reviewed, independent system of funding to the arts. This independence is vital to protecting democratic freedom of expression. Individual Arts Ministers should not be the exclusive arbiter of artistic expression.
We call on the Federal Government and Minister for the Arts George Brandis to reverse all proposed cuts to the arts sector and to support a vibrant and independent arts sector in Australia.
See the full list of eminent artists who have signed a joint letter to George Brandis here.