Strengthening artistic and cultural bonds with India and France

19 November 2014

The Australian Government is strengthening artistic and cultural ties internationally through significant agreements with India and France, countries rich with artistic and cultural traditions. These new memoranda of understanding will deepen the understanding and engagement between Australia and each of these great nations through arts and culture. 

The agreement with India, which I signed yesterday, will promote and support artistic and cultural activities in both countries. We will collaborate on a diverse range of projects including the exchange of cultural exhibitions, professional exchanges, and literature and performing arts projects.

This agreement will be implemented for Australia by the Ministry for the Arts, and for India by the Ministry of Culture. Australia’s national collecting institutions and the Australia Council for the Arts will participate, while state and territory based cultural agencies will also be encouraged to collaborate.

Australia and France will commit to greater collaboration with a focus on the performing and visual arts, curatorial exchanges and artists’ residencies through an agreement between the Australia Council for the Arts and the Institut Français.

The agreement, which coincides with President François Hollande’s visit to Australia, will help to build on previous exchanges and collaborations between Australian and French artists and institutions, such as the stunning painting of the barramundi creation story on the roof of the Musée de Quali Branly by Aboriginal artist, Lena Nvadi.

Australia is one of the world’s great creative nations and these agreements will give us new opportunities to collaborate and showcase Australian creative talent to international audiences.