Public Value

Attitudes are becoming less negative over time, with the arts seen as less elitist and expensive

The Australia Council arts participation survey 2013 results suggest that movements have been made in the perception of art as relevant and accessible to all Australians.

Only thirty percent of Australians agreed that the arts attract people who are elitist or pretentious in 2013. This has continued a downward trend from over half of Australians agreeing with this statement in 1999, which fell to one third in 2009.

Similarly, only 36 percent of Australians agreed that the arts were too expensive in 2013 compared to 39 percent in 2009 and 54 percent in 1999.