Investing in the ARTS

What we’ll do

A Marshall Liberal Government will invest in the arts and our artists to ensure that South Australia’s creative industries thrive.

We will build on the positive aspects that exist, but we will end the ad hoc approach to the arts that has typified sixteen years of Labor administration.

We will:

  • Transform part of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site into Australia’s National Aboriginal Art and Culture Gallery – a major institution of world significance;
  • Develop and implement South Australia’s first Arts Plan in almost 20 years, including ensuring that South Australia’s creative industries can thrive around the year, improving funding arrangements for performing arts companies, helping them diversify income streams, and delivering a strong digital access plan for our irreplaceable cultural collections;
  • Leverage Adelaide’s position as a UNESCO City of Music to gain the best possible outcomes for South Australia as a state where performers from around the world want to perform for our audiences, and where local musicians are able to successfully develop their craft;
  • Re-establish the role of State Historian;
  • Increase grants for artists – leading to sustainable careers;
  • Boost major events funding to attract more significant cultural events to South Australia;
  • Establish a Commissioner for Cultural Development to lead a whole-of-government approach to improving connections and collaborations between the community and the arts sector.

Why we’re doing it

South Australia has been the beneficiary over many years from outstanding institutions, remarkable creative leaders and artists, and a community that appreciates the arts and supports it in great numbers.

Where there are positive activities supported by government, we will continue to provide support and help them to flourish. But we believe that South Australia’s artistic and cultural sector can be even stronger.  Through the arts, we show the world who we are.

The arts will always fare well under the Liberals in South Australia.

It was under former Liberal South Australian Governments that:

  • The Adelaide Festival of Arts was established;
  • The decision was made to build the Adelaide Festival Centre on the bank of the River Torrens with funding allocated by the State Government;
  • The History Trust of South Australia was created in the early 1980s;
  • Major expansions and improvements were made to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the State Library, and the Museum front-of-house in the 1990s and early 2000s;
  • The Windmill Performing Arts, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and the South Australian Living Artists Festival were established.

The Liberal Party believes in celebrating the unique culture of South Australia, we believe in supporting local community cultural organisations, and we believe in supporting our world-class institutions, festivals and artists.