Objective: ensure that the arts, cultural and creative sectors in South Australia thrive throughout the year

Recommendation and response

Accepted - In collaboration with key stakeholders, we will develop a festival schedule for South Australia.

March 2020 update

The investigation of national and international models and discussions with key stakeholders are underway.

June 2020 update 

Discussions with key stakeholders are continuing, with consideration of potential models underway.

Accepted - Working with sector leads, we will identify existing needs and future options for an optimal use space activation plan for independent artists and small to medium sector organisations.

January 2020 update

Review of existing venues infrastructure and accessibility is underway and will include consideration of the need for additional theatre capacity. This work, along with further stakeholder consultation, will inform development of a Space Activation Plan in 2020 to optimise the use of existing venues and spaces.

In addition, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust has launched Open Space to support independent, community groups and the small to medium sector to increase use of the Space Theatre and reduce costs. Arts South Australia will support this strategy with pilot funding for a small grants program to support access to and activation of the Space Theatre.

March 2020 update

The space execution plan is under development with endorsement of the project’s scope and execution plan completed. Consultation for this recommendation, as well as further exploration for the black box theatre in recommendation 1.5, will commence soon.

June 2020 update

The ongoing government and sector response to COVID-19 is providing opportunities to inform and develop frameworks and mechanisms to further support sector access to venues. The scope of this project has been defined, and conversations with stakeholders to assess barriers for venue access that will support the development of strategies for the Space Activation Plan will commence soon.

Supported in-principle - We will engage with key sector stakeholders to investigate the need and options for a cost effective ticketing system for organisations not serviced by existing systems.

March 2020 update

A review of sector needs and an investigation into existing and potential ticketing systems has started. This will consider if a cost effective consortium ticketing system or alternative model can be used by the sector, including potential areas of operation, management and operating models.

June 2020 update

The project’s scope has been defined, including consideration of the potential benefits of a consortium ticketing system for the sector to provide ticketing and customer relationship management (CRM) tools.

Sector consultation will commence soon to determine the need for a system, as well as explore potential systems, management and operation models.

Supported in-principle - We will consider undertaking a business case on the scope and viability of an acoustic venue.

January 2020 update

A business case will commence in 2020 to assess the viability of and options for an acoustic venue.

March 2020 update

The scoping of the strategic case for a concert hall has commenced, capturing learnings from interstate and overseas. Insights to date highlight that it’s not just about a new venue; it’s about the model and what it can support and bring together for the community. The business case will explore and provide guidance on these models.

June 2020 update

The next phase of work will include a structured discussion with key stakeholders to:

  • Identify and clearly articulate the problem/s or opportunity/s that underpin the service need to be addressed;
  • Set out evidence to support the identified problems/opportunities;
  • Rank the relative importance of the identified problems/opportunities; and
  • Document the cause and effect of the identified problems/opportunities.

It will also:

  • Articulate why it is necessary to address each of the problems or opportunities;
  • Set out evidence to support the necessity of a response;
  • Set out reasonable (outcome focused) KPIs, which are meaningful, attributable and measurable for the identified benefits;
  • Link identified benefits to the corresponding problem/opportunity;  and
  • Rank the target benefits.

This phase of work will provide a framework for analysing a range of options to meet the service need and maximise benefits at optimal cost.

Supported in-principle - We will consider undertaking a feasibility study for a black box theatre.

January 2020 update

Review of existing venues infrastructure and accessibility is underway and will include consideration of the need for additional black box theatre capacity.

March 2020 update

Before determining the need and requirements for a new space, work is underway to address some of the barriers faced by existing theatres and venues under consideration as part of the space activation plan for recommendation 1.2.

AFCT management and small to medium arts companies are also working on a plan to increase access to the Space Theatre. This includes addressing costs and access to time in the venue.

June 2020 update

The department has identified several priority building improvement projects relating to the Queens Theatre, which will be progressed during 2020-21. These projects will expand the flexible and adaptive use of the theatre and improve the structure of the overall building, including its iconic façade. The department will continue to work with stakeholders to realise the theatre’s full potential.

Supported in-principle - We will undertake further consultation with Country Arts SA and other regional stakeholders to develop a plan for regional arts centres as creative hubs.