About Us

L-R Glaiza Perez, Rādhikā Ram Tevita, Karen Soldatic, Cecilia Anthony, Francisca Peña, Ade Djajamihardja, Debbie Lee, Lena Nahlous, Anthony Peluso, Dr Alexia Derbas, Joanne Cooper & Carielyn Tunion. Image Credit Teniola Komolafe - Tenikomo Photography

What We Do

Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) is Australia’s national voice for ethno-cultural and migrant racial equity in the arts, cultural and creative industries.

Our work is underpinned by a human-rights ethic, social justice principles, and the belief that a truly diverse spectrum of creative expression and participation is fundamental to a democratic, inclusive and sustainable creative sector, and society.

Informed by our organisational values of: Inclusion, Diversity, Collaboration, Participation and Self-Determination, DARTS advocates for and actively works towards an arts sector that reflects the complex diversity of the Australian population on our screens and stages; in our audiences, our galleries and books; and within boards, committees, and positions of leadership into the future. We support the creative sector to develop practical and strategic ways to influence the stories and cultural landscape of contemporary Australia.

 

Our core areas of activity are:

  1. ADVOCACY: For greater diversity in programming, leadership, audiences and participation

  2. RESEARCH: Developing an evidence base that measures and tracks diversity

  3. BROKERING CONNECTIONS: Building strategic partnerships and fostering relationships across the arts landscape in Australia

  4. KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: Creating content and establishing platforms for sharing resources, knowledge and best-practice examples of Australian and International research and work

  5. PROJECTS: Designing and implementing strategic projects that influence sector change and position artists as advocates

Acknowledgement of Country

Diversity Arts Australia acknowledges the First Peoples of these lands. We pay respects to Elders past and present, and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded. We recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters and their ongoing custodianship. It is untenable to talk about migration and race in Australia without contextualising it within the colonisation and dispossession of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We seek to be guided in all our work by First Peoples’ leadership, recognising the immense value that First Nations artists and cultural workers create within the arts and cultural landscape.

 

“We are often searching for a new way to learn from Australia’s cultural past, to dream it forward into a place that more closely resembles Australia’s complex cultural realities.”

Eleanor Jackson, The Gathering Laboratory Participant, Meanjin

Rani Pramesti on why advocacy organisations like DARTS are important.

FAQ: What is DARTS?

DARTS is led by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) artists and cultural workers. Our work is grounded in the theory and practice of cultural studies that engage critical ideas of representation, cultural rights, integrity and autonomy. We work intersectionally with artists, groups, communities and organisations of diverse abilities, sexualities, genders, ages, languages and socioeconomic status, recognising that ethno-cultural diversity cannot be viewed in isolation from other systemic barriers to access and participation.

Our logo plays off the abbreviation of the organisational name ‘DARTS’ but also visually represents one of our core priorities over the coming years. Namely, the dart board illustration reflects our desire to help the wider industry, large and small arts organisations and individual artists/creatives set and meet diversity targets. It also reflects elements of the brand personality, including optimism, fearlessness and honesty.

“I want to experience the pleasure of working in a sector which truly reflects the make-up of our society but where one’s ethnicity is of lesser significance than one’s artistic practice.”

Project Participant

Diversity Arts Australia is no longer able to help with touring artists. Find out more.

 

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors

 

We would like to thank the following organisations below.

Thank you to Arts and Cultural Exchange (ACE) for their ongoing support.

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