Arts and culture to be boosted by new advisory board
  • Friday 29 January 2016
Caloundra Art Gallery

The important role of arts and culture on the Sunshine Coast has been formally recognised by council with the endorsement of a Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board to provide a strategic approach to grow the sector.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said that the new board, which was also tasked with establishing a Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation, would be established by July 2016 and would provide strategic advice and recommendations to council to grow the arts on the Coast.

“Australia’s creative economy, which includes the arts, is worth $32 billion and employs more than 600,000 Australians,” Cr McKay said.

“Here on the Sunshine Coast, the arts and cultural sector is a vitally important and growing part of our economy that provides employment, education, tourism and leisure opportunities.

“Establishment of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board is an important next step in the development of our arts and culture industry. It will build the momentum and further grow the partnerships that have already been formed between council, the arts industry, artists, and philanthropists.”

The Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board will:

  • guide and help build the identity of the Sunshine Coast as an arts destination;
  • advocate the region’s advantages to secure new investment in arts and cultural infrastructure;
  • provide strategic advice to Council in relation to arts and cultural facilities and infrastructure;
  • provide advice on strategic direction of wider cultural policy and strategy.

Expressions of interest will be sought from suitably qualified people with a deep understanding of the arts for membership on the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board in the next few months.

Following appointment of members, the board will be tasked with drafting the region’s first strategic Arts and Cultural Plan and establishing the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation that will be closely aligned with the Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Councillor McKay said the Arts Advisory Board and Foundation were a great way forward for the creative industries of the Sunshine Coast.

“The arts are important economically and socially to our region and we have some wonderful work going on here,” Cr McKay said.

“By establishing the board and foundation we are giving wings to this sector of our community. Their work will further promote and enhance the arts on the Sunshine Coast.”

Cr McKay said philanthropic activity was growing within the arts industry across Australia.

“Feedback from our local artists, art collectors, art investors, and philanthropists supports this growing trend,” she said.

“Development of the Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation will provide an avenue for us to harness this growth.

“The foundation will provide opportunities to purchase art for the region’s public collection and provide avenues for bequests, donations and significant philanthropic activities benefitting art and the gallery.”

The Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation will:

  • link government, business and community in their support of the Caloundra Regional Gallery;
  • support the Gallery in sharing and preserving the region’s art cultural history for future generations;
  • work towards enriching and broadening the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art in the community.

For further details about the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation, visit council’s gallery website. Expressions of Interest for the board will be widely advertised over the next few months.