What is the Million $ Artwork Project?
While the idea behind this project is fun and lighthearted, aiming to put 'Million $ Artworks' in the hands of ordinary people, the project also has a much more serious objective.
The Million $ Artwork Project is working with orgainisations within the arts industry that are set up to directly help artists and support staff that have been affected by the rolling lockdowns across Australia and the globe since the start of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
We want to show the arts industry that we care and value its contribution to the fabric of our society.
The Project aims to help ensure that the amazing talent that has entertained us in the past will still be there to bring us live music, festivals, shows, film and exhibitions that entertain and challenge us long into the future.
We may be held down now but WE WILL SING!
The Pandemic through the eyes of artists
The Arts industry worldwide has been severely impacted over the last 18 months. Entertainers feel like their identity is lost. Entertainment isn't a job. Its a career.
This is not a small problem
- More people work in broad cultural industries (over 350,000) than many other areas of the economy that are receiving greater policy supports, including aviation (40,500) and coal mining (48,900).
- Despite years of significant funding pressures and policy neglect, the arts and entertainment sector contributed $17 billion in GDP to the Australian economy in 2018-19.
- Due to their disproportionately insecure labour market conditions, arts and entertainment sector workers are experiencing significant ruptures in their employment arrangements due to COVID-19.