New report reveals how the arts can survive and thrive with digital engagement

The Australian Council latest research demonstrates changes in audience expectations with the increasing digitisation of our arts economy, but also offers some warnings.

This week (6 July) the Australian Council released its most recent research, In Real Life: Mapping digital cultural engagement in the first decades of the 21st century, which shared insights that are increasingly relevant to the arts sector with the accelerated digitisation of our cultural experiences ushered by the pandemic.

While titled as a review of the 21st century, the report weighed heavily on data from 2015 and onwards, providing a useful snapshot of the digital momentum that has been gained in the past five years.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.