With around 11 million visitors a year, galleries are now more highly attended than Australia’s most popular spectator sport, Australian Rules Football, which had 10 million attendances in 2009-10.
It’s time to get the facts.
Art Facts is the new home for statistics about Australian arts. Here you will find a range of facts about Australia’s vibrant arts sectors and the latest trends in art creation, industry, trade, participation and support.
Explore visual arts and crafts statistics: from how many people attend galleries and do visual arts and craft to how much visual artists earn and the international connections of Australian arts practice.
In 2012, over 43% of children aged 5 to 14 did arts and craft as a recreational activity outside of school hours.
Similar numbers of kids visit museums and galleries each year (43%), making visual arts one of the most common way children engage with the arts.
In addition to major ticketed events, live music brings millions of fans into venues such as hotels, clubs, cafes and restaurants. In 2011, it was estimated to generate 41.97 million attendances, and leverage $1.21 billion revenue through audience spending in licensed live music venues.
With 6,300 such gigs each week across the country, live music also helps to sustain almost 15,000 jobs.
Japanese artists are big in Japan, but US and British artists are big in Australia.
Our market favours international acts, with just 16 Australian artists making the Top 100 singles in ARIA’s End of Decade Singles (2000-2009).
After many years of declining revenues the recorded music market is steady, thanks to rising digital sales.
Physical sales revenue continues to fall, but digital sales are growing faster as fans buy more online, and embrace subscription services such as Spotify.
Australian household spending on visual arts has been growing over time.
We now spend over $100 annually on paintings, carvings and sculptures, art and craft materials, and art gallery and museum charges – a 26% increase on 2003-04 levels in real terms.
All types of artists face challenges meeting their minimum income requirements, but visual artists earn amongst the lowest incomes of any artists, despite being one of the most highly educated groups in the workforce.
In 2009, the average visual artist spent 42 hours a week across arts and non-arts work, and earned $34,900 from all sources.
We found 9% of Australians over 15 years of age attended an Indigenous visual arts and craft event in 2009 – equivalent to over 1.66 million people.
Looking at the arts overall, attitudes to Indigenous art are increasingly positive. Almost half of all Australians (47%) say their interest in Indigenous art is growing. A further 17% say they already have a strong interest and will continue to.
1.2 million kids do arts and crafts for fun, and almost 2 million adults make crafts like woodwork, jewellery and ceramics.
Creating visual arts and crafts is also the most popular form of creative activity by Australians, with one in five participating.
This makes craft more popular than Twitter, which has 1.2 million users in Australia.
Government funding of $330 million ensures art museums can open their doors for free to over 10 million visitors a year. This represents a cost of $0.04 per Australian per day.
Visual arts organisations also lead the arts sector in generating private sector support for their work, generating 24% of the $221 million donations and sponsorship earned by the arts in 2009-10.