About Regional Arts Australia

Regional Arts Australia (RAA) was founded in 1943 as the Arts Council of Australia. Today’s is organisation is a not for profit peak body that is the national voice for arts in regional Australia.



Regional Arts Australia:

  • Raises the profile of arts in regional Australia
  • Advocates that regional arts are considered in the development of national policy
  • Increases resources for arts in regional Australia
  • Demonstrates best practice in arts’ administration

We champion the politics and poetics of regional, rural, and remote creative practice by engaging across multiple platforms, policy agendas, and cultural landscapes.

Our Vision

Through our work, arts in regional Australia is recognised as essential

Our Work

Our work is cross-disciplinary, inter-generational and inclusive and our national reach ensures we can facilitate significant outcomes through; partnerships, advocacy, practice, and research.

Our partnerships build connection and generate exchange through cross-industry stakeholder engagement. We

  • Works with Regional Arts Organisations, Peak bodies, RAA members and our Regional Arts Network individual members to continue to strengthen the arts sector at a national level;
  • Partners with philanthropic and corporate communities; and
  • Builds cross-industry partnerships, in areas such as health, education, tourism and agriculture.

Our advocacy work leverages dialogue across the three tiers of Government and champions regional arts beyond the regional arts sector. RAA advocates for social inclusion, creativity and accessible cultural and artistic experiences nationally. RAA works to raise the profile of regional artists nationally and internationally and advocates for the development of cultural infrastructure that helps strengthen communities.

Our programming supports high quality arts’ practice and champion’s best practice. We do this through the Regional Arts Fund and programs such as Artlands (Australia’s biennial regional arts event), the Regional Arts Network (a free, member-based network) a national fellowship initiative and professional development opportunities.

Our research connects the three tiers of partnerships, advocacy and practice. We are actively engaged in research that:

  • Evaluates the social impact of the creative arts in regional communities
  • Measures and articulates the impact and outcomes of the Regional Arts Fund;
  • Provides a national framework and international connection
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RAA’s strategic framework is designed to bridge a cultural and geographic divide by respecting and valuing contemporary regional practice across the national arts landscape. This intentional framework is embedded in First Nations’ dialogue and provides a structure for purpose and knowledge that by design is embedded in place-based creativity and industry best practice.