Audience diversity the focus of new research project

An ambitious new project aims to better understand why the sector’s stated goal of increasing audience diversity has had limited success to date.
A blurred photo of a theatre audience.

Despite arts organisations across the country regularly saying they’re keen to diversify their audiences, reality often lags behind the rhetoric.

Looking around the room in theatres, concert halls and art galleries, it’s apparent that audiences at many arts events remain predominantly Anglo-Australian – in marked contrast to the Australian population as a whole.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts