Area of practice
- Community arts and cultural development
Community arts and cultural development encompasses collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes.
- Contemporary music (art music)
Contemporary art music includes composed and notated works, improvised music, contemporary classical music and sound art.
- Contemporary music (popular)
Popular contemporary music is defined as music that is currently being written, recorded and performed by Australians. Its genres would include (but would not be limited to) blues, country, electronic/dance, experimental, jazz, folk, funk, hiphop, metal, pop, rock, roots, and world.
- Collaborative/devised theatre
Collaborative practice/devised theatre refers to a process of theatre-making that relies on the creative contribution of various participants. It may be driven by a lead-artist artist with the creative participation of others, or creative responsibility can be collectively shared. Collaborative practice uses a variety of stimuli as its departure point. This can include text, but might also involve the use of non-verbal elements such music, physical imagery or movement.
- Cross-art form
Artistic performances or works that merge more than one art form practice in a hybrid, interdisciplinary work. Includes cross-performing arts.
Craft and design encompasses activities involving the creation of objects which have a functional, decorative and/or conceptual focus. Predominant mediums and disciplines include ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture and object design.
- Curatorial writing
Research, writing and critique, usually focused on artists, artistic practice or the thematic development of exhibitions.
- Experimental practice
Experimental practice is a multi-artform practice driven through processes of experimentation, risk, collaboration, research and development. It may be characterised by partnerships that explore new and emerging technologies and test hypotheses around environment, gender, politics and community – often to the point of schism. It operates within a highly charged and quickly changing environment.
- Music theatre
Music theatre is a combination of music, dance and drama, where the music and dialogue are equally important. It includes musicals. It is distinct from traditional opera.
- Popular dance
Popular dance includes tap, ballroom and street (eg hip hop). Popular dance forms are generally considered to be more accessible and cross boundaries of professional and non-professional engagement.
- Physical theatre
Physical theatre uses the body in space as its departure point and primary means of expression in the creation of a work. This can include circus and most movement-based theatre with or without music, with or without narrative impetus.
- Text based theatre
Text-based theatre uses an existing or evolving text as a departure point and as a central element in the creation of a work. Realisations of plays and scripts often fall into this category.
- Visual arts
Visual arts is an umbrella term for a broad range of practices which can include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, film, installation, performance and live art; and the crossovers between these different genres.