Pacific: Australia Council for the Arts

23 January 2020, International

Each IFACCA Regional Group has a Regional Focal Point. This is a National Member institution of the Federation that liaises with members in the region and organises a meeting of members or other joint initiative. The role of Regional Focal Point is for a fixed period and is open to all National Members on a rotating basis.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the current Regional Focal Point for the Pacific. It assumed the role in January 2020, as the host of a joint programme for members from Asia and the Pacific. The official RFP representative is Dr Wendy Were, Executive Director of Strategy Development and Advocacy; and the RFP Liaison is Ms Amrit Gill, Director of International Development.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. Its focus is on increasing the visibility of Australia's vibrant arts and culture, and recognising the evolving way that Australians make and experience art. Its role is to support the unimagined along with the reimagined, the unknown and experimental along with the keenly anticipated. It is a champion for Australian arts both in Australia and overseas. It invests in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process, and is committed to the arts being accessible to all Australians.



The Australia Council for the Arts will host a joint programme for members from Asia and the Pacific in the second half of 2020. The programme will include formal meetings of the Pacific Group and Asia Chapter; a workshop based on findings from the forthcoming IFACCA report Supporting Culture in the Digital Age led by expert author Octavio Kulesz (Argentina); as well as opportunities for members to experience and meet with representatives from the arts and culture sector in Australia.



The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Solomon Islands was the inaugural RFP for the Pacific. It hosted the sixth Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival, a regional collaboration that connects governments and communities to share knowledge and practice and collaborate in the development of the sector by addressing issues of joint concern, such as protecting traditional knowledge and expressions of culture, cultural heritage and the cultural industries.

Learn more about the Pacific Group of the Federation