Ipswich is enriched by our creative spirit and energised by our diverse community.

The development of a great city relies on the myriad elements contributing to its productivity, vibrancy and sustainability. Arts and culture are transformative elements for modern cities. They help to position cities as attractive places to live, work and invest.

Council recognises the importance of culture in building identity and fostering liveability. Recognition and pride in both indigenous and non-indigenous heritage plays a critical role in how we feel about the place where we live and what we have collectively achieved.

The Arts and Cultural Strategy will guide our investment in building community cultural capacity. It responds to important messages we have heard from the community, builds upon our strengths and cements our commitment to arts and culture for the future.

Ipswich City Council, in collaboration with our local arts and cultural sector, will focus resources and actions to the following 5 goals:

#1 Embracing and celebrating our cultural heritage and diversity.
#2 Activating and engaging the whole of our city.
#3 Supporting and increasing engagement with our creative community.
#4 Building creative capacity among our young people.
#5 Listening and providing leadership for the cultural development of our community.

View and/or download Ipswich City Council Arts and Cultural Strategy (PDF, 1.5 MB)