Sector reviews

The department has undertaken reviews of the live music, writing and visual arts sectors in Western Australia to determine future directions and opportunities for each sector.

Writing sector review

The Writing Sector Review Final Recommendations is the culmination of an extensive consultation process initiated by the department in 2016 with the aim of identifying future directions and opportunities for the WA writing sector.

In late 2016, a private sector consultancy was engaged to undertake a review of the sector under governance of an independent reference group with expertise in writing sector development.

The consultant’s report and reference group recommendations were released for public comment in July 2017 and the Writing Sector Review Final Recommendations consider the results of this public consultation.

Visual arts review

In October 2016, the research paper Present State — An inquiry into the visual arts sector in Western Australia 2016 was released.

The review was initiated to provide an insight into the state of the visual arts sector and provide decision-makers with a better understanding of the sector’s needs.

As a response to the Visual Arts Sector Review ART ON THE MOVE hosted the Regional Galleries Forum at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre in November 2016. The key outcome from this event was for the establishment of a Public Galleries Association, now known as GalleriesWest Inc.

GalleriesWest Inc was formed in September 2017 as an independent advocacy body dedicated to connecting and strengthening the public galleries sector in Western Australia to offer residents and visitors access to the best possible visual arts and cultural experiences.

Live music venues review

The 2015 Live Music Venues report is a desktop review of the live music venues in Western Australia, examining whether the closures of venues represented a trend and if so, what policy or other considerations may be considered to support venues that showcase live music.


Questions on any of the sector reviews can be emailed to the culture and the arts Research, Policy and Evaluation team

Page reviewed 07 September 2023