Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Andrew Donovan, Sarah Miller & Elaine Lally (2006) New Media Arts Scoping Study Report. Sydney: Australia for the Arts.



Research Background

‘The New Media Arts Scoping Study was established by the Australia Council… as a formal consultation process with the national new media arts (NMA) sector as part of the Council’s ‘Planning for the Future’ Implementation Strategy (2005)…. The aim was to provide an overview and analysis of new media arts and gain an accurate and comprehensive view of the sector in Australia, as well as providing baseline data from which a framework could be created for the Australia Council to assist the development of Australian new media arts practice into the future.’ (Australia Council, 2006).

Research Significance

The Scoping Study's recommendations were developed through consultation through interviews, focus groups and written submissions with more than 100 people: practitioners, scholars, producers and curators, as well as key organizations. Miller facilitated the focus groups held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, as well as co-authoring the report. An Advisory Group was established comprising: Melinda Rackham (director, Australian Network for Art & Technology); Fiona Winning (director, Performance Space); Australia Council board members, Lesley Alway (Visual Arts) and Julian Knowles (Music); and Australia Council staff members, Ben Strout and Andrew Donovan.

Research Contribution

The Scoping Study includes a 10-year vision for media arts as a vital element of Australian arts, whose artists are internationally recognised and create innovative works based in a strong culture of experimentation, research and creative development, industry partnership, awareness and community engagement. The Australia Council endorsed the recommendations of the Scoping Study, which was presented to the Council at its September meeting, 2006.