Shaping arts and culture

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How will we grow and sustain arts and culture in the future? Tell us what you think to shape a ten year strategy for the Inner West.



Creativity and culture are essential to our community, identity and economy. In 2019, 70% of responders to our Wellbeing Survey said that arts and culture is an important Council service. Inner West is home to the highest concentration of cultural producers nationally. There are 6,500 local jobs in the creative and cultural sectors, with 13,000 residents working in the sectors outside of the Inner West. The cultural and creative industries contribute $1.4 billion

How will we grow and sustain arts and culture in the future? Tell us what you think to shape a ten year strategy for the Inner West.



Creativity and culture are essential to our community, identity and economy. In 2019, 70% of responders to our Wellbeing Survey said that arts and culture is an important Council service. Inner West is home to the highest concentration of cultural producers nationally. There are 6,500 local jobs in the creative and cultural sectors, with 13,000 residents working in the sectors outside of the Inner West. The cultural and creative industries contribute $1.4 billion per annum to the local economy.

Your feedback will help us identify key opportunities and draft the Cultural Strategy.


What can the strategy include?

A wide range of cultural opportunities and support, including:

  • Aboriginal/First Nations heritage and contemporary practice
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Integrating culture into urban planning, e.g. creative spaces and art in public places
  • Participating in arts and culture at all stages of life
  • Support for the arts sector, e.g. through collaborations and capacity building
  • Diversifying/extending our cultural offerings, including young people and culturally diverse groups
  • Local cultural experiences and services.

What have we done so far?

Makers, creators and producers from across the area have already been sharing ideas with Council staff. In July 2017, the creative sector participated in collaborative sessions on the future of the Inner West. These views informed Council’s Community Strategic Plan, Our Inner West 2036. More recently, independent research was undertaken to shape recommendations in two reports:

  • Planning Cultural Creation and Production in the Inner West LGA: A case study needs analysis (2018) by Western Sydney University
  • Creative Spaces and Venues Discussion Paper (2019) by Leftbank Co and JOC.

Have your say

You can share your views:

  • Online via the feedback form
  • By mail: Cultural Planning and Policy Lead, Inner West Council, PO Box 14, Petersham, 2049

The last day to comment is Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

What happens next

The community’s comments will be reviewed by the project team and incorporated with other information into a draft Cultural Strategy. There will be an opportunity for the community to review the draft and provide feedback.

  • Back to the studio

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    11 May 2020

    We’re taking this project back into the studio to reimagine the support we can provide the local arts and cultural sectors moving forward. The team appreciates the time and insights that everyone shared. The initial context for a Cultural Strategy has shifted, however our focus on the value of the arts is steady.

    In the interim, Council is offering up to $300,000 in grants to support the creative and cultural sector. For more information and to read the guidelines, please visit Creative and Cultural Resilience Grants Program.