A look at NSW’s new 10-year arts and creative industries policy

21 commitments pave the way, in the NSW Government’s new 10-year policy for the arts and creative industries.
creative industries policy. Image is a young woman dancing in a swirl amid a blur of pink and orange.

With pieces moving and clicking into place in a new strategy puzzle since July this year, the NSW Government has released its integrated Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy – titled ‘Creative Communities’ – within days of organisations closing up for the Christmas break.

Such timing usually raises alarm bells – taking advantage of sector burnout and glazed attention spans in the mad last-week rush. However, this new policy is largely glowing. And, indeed, Arts Minister John Graham leads with a cross-government recalibration in how we think about – and value – culture and creativity. It is less siloed, more holistic and wildly ambitious.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina