We believe that research has a critical role to play in effecting change, transformation and growth in the visual arts industry in South Africa. If we are going to be taken seriously as an industry by government and others, we need facts to support arguments for more engagement with, investment in and support for our sector.
VANSA lobbied for and was involved in the first major national study of the visual arts industry in South Africa, recently undertaken by the Human Sciences Research Council. The study shows that the visual arts contributes over R1 billion to the national economy per annum and creates work for over 17 000 people. We think that this kind of information can help in getting government and the corporate sector to take what we do more seriously.
IFACCA | International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies
Supporting the international activities of artists and arts organisations is a key function for many national arts funding agencies. In order to investigate this area of arts policy and identify key issues that affect the programs and priorities of such agencies, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) conducted a worldwide survey in English, French and Spanish, the results of which have been analysed and supplemented by other research and presented in this Report.