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The Arts

Throughout history, The Arts have been used as a means of reflecting, critiquing, and influencing society. In ancient civilisations, art was often used to depict societal hierarchies, religious beliefs, and cultural practices. 

In the 20th century, The Arts became increasingly intertwined with social and political movements with artists and cultural figures playing crucial roles in advocating for civil rights, feminism, LGBTQIA+ rights, and other social justice causes. 

In recent times, the social impact of The Arts has expanded and diversified further with artists engaging with a wide range of social and political issues, including environmental sustainability, racial inequality, mental health, globalisation, and technological advancements. They employ various mediums including visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, film, and digital media to communicate their messages and engage audiences. 

Documentaries help highlight the value and diversity of The Arts within culture and society. As an art form themselves, documentaries show how The Arts allow audiences to engage with different perspectives and experiences, and allow for social commentary, self-expression, and personal development. Artists and cultural organisations work closely with communities to address local concerns and promote social change. They create platforms for dialogue, challenge perception, raise awareness, and empower individuals and communities to take action. Documentaries about these creative expressions elevate and expands the reach and depth of understanding of their messages.  

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Sarah Okenyo

‘A town without music is like a body without a soul’ said Layton Hodgetts, and so he did something about it…

James Weatherby

Melbourne's prolific graffiti writers are given the rare opportunity to tell their stories, truths and motivations.

Aaron McCann, Kristan Angel

Discover how a star-studded sci-fi masterpiece was lost and found and inspired an international sport.

Andrew Arestides

This is the story of Andreas Arestides and the Bohemians that visited his restaurant between the 1920s and 1950's.'

Mitzi Goldman

Spectacular Chinese acrobat collides with the revolution in Australian contemporary circus with both forever transformed

Ros Horin

This film uncovers a global community of artists creating new works in an ancient language that speak to our times.


Australia's Folk & Oral History movement through the eyes of formidable historians, Wendy Lowenstein & Shirley Andrews.

Catherine Hunter

The Heide Story is about a moment in Australian art history when patronage, passion and talent came together.