Arts Front Compact

Arts Front Compact + 2030 Action Plan

Arts Front Compact and first stage of the 2030 Action Plan will be launched at Arts Front 2030 - a national arts sector conference and event in November 2020. 

The Compact is a distillation of the ideas, principles and priorities identified through to the Arts Front Visioning Project (2017–2020) into a shared statement on the future of arts and culture in Australia in 2030. It is an agreement grounded on international human rights that the whole arts sector is invited to help shape and sign up to. The Compact will provide a platform for collective action on priorities determined by the sector.

  • First Peoples First
  • artist-centred / artist-led
  • local action / global connections 

As the result of extensive national consultations with artists, communities, educationalists, health workers and our partners, the Compact will set out our shared vision and guiding principles, along with an initial suite of actions. It is part of a repositioning of the arts from the margins to centre stage, and is aimed at sparking a new era of consciousness, connectedness and collective action in the sector. The new Arts Front Platform will be launched at the same time to support the delivery and reporting of actions people undertake.

In the absence of a national arts and cultural policy, the Compact positions artists to take the lead in creating a shared vision for the future, and a framework to connect, coordinate and act. The Compact looks beyond the national realm to directly connect local actions with an emerging globalism. Acknowledging the limitations of partisan domestic policies and national governments, the Compact is derived from, and aligned with key international human rights agreements and conventions. This starts with the Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression and extends to include a host of agreements and conventions (both ratified and in development) relating to areas including women, accessibility, children and young people, education, technology, LGBTIQ, health, climate and the environment. 

During 2020, we will work with a newly refreshed national Arts Front Leadership Group on finalising the draft Compact. The diverse group of artists, organisations and stakeholders from across the country will meet quarterly via Zoom. The Leadership Group will also have an active role in organising consultation workshops, inputting into the testing and development of the Arts Front Platform, and planning the Arts Front launch event in November 2020.

Compact Consultation Workshops 

We are organising and delivering a program of Arts Front presentations and consultation workshops in a range of priority sectors during 2020. The format will be flexible to work in a range of existing events (conferences, seminars, forums, meetings) taking place across the country during 2020. Arts Front will provide support members and partners to organise workshops as opportunities arise.  

As well as contributing to the Compact draft, participants in each of these workshops will be asked to help design the top three actions they want the arts sector to undertake contribution to shared goals for that priority area. 

For example, under the priority area of the environment and climate change, Arts Front is collaborating with the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (ALEA) as part of the Rights of Nature Australia (RONA) biennial in October 2020 to respond to the draft Compact and help shape the first stage actions for the sector to undertake relating to shared goals on the environment and climate change. 

Similar consultation workshops with other parts of the sector are in various stages of planning:

  • Gender Equality / WomenWOW 2020 Festival in April in Brisbane.
  • Rural and Regional – Regional Arts Australia - Artslands 2020 (details yet to be made public)
  • First Nations – NIACA - 2020 - National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority Summit (scheduled for October 2020).
  • Accessibility – Meeting Place 2020 https://www.meetingplaceforum....
  • Cultural Diversity – we are working with partners including Multicultural Arts Victoria, Diversity Arts Australia, Community Arts Network (WA) and Darwin Community Arts to identify cultural diversity workshop opportunities in 2020.

More workshop options will be developed as opportunities are identified. All the workshops and outcomes will be gathered through the Art Front Platform and some workshops will be organised and delivered online.