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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2004 (Reissue)  
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PURCHASE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS

Between July and December 1997, BTR conducted a survey which collected information on the purchase of arts and crafts by the 2.0 million international visitors to Australia aged 15 years and over.


The survey found that over 90% of those visiting in the six-month period had been shopping while in Australia, and of these, 41% had spent some money on art and handcraft. Arts were purchased by 7% of shoppers and handcrafts by 39% (5% purchased both).


Expenditure on art in the six-month period totalled $10.1m, while total expenditure on handcraft equalled $137.4m. Handcrafted clothing ($63.6m) and leather goods ($38.5m) were the main items purchased. Over half the expenditure on art and handcraft was for Aboriginal items ($77.7m out of $147.5m).

2.3 PURCHASES OF ARTS AND CRAFTS BY INTERNATIONAL VISITORS - July to December 1997

Percentage of total visitors who purchased item(a)
Average expenditure by all visitors(a)
Total expenditure
%
$
$m

Arts
Paintings, drawings or prints
6.0
4.5
8.6
Sculpture
1.3
0.8
1.5
Total
(b)7.1
5.3
10.1
Handcrafts
Wood or furniture
7.8
6.1
11.5
Ceramics or pottery
5.2
2.4
4.5
Glass
4.1
1.5
2.8
Handcrafted clothing
19.3
33.5
63.6
Other textiles
2.0
1.6
3.1
Metal
2.6
2.1
3.9
Leather
11.8
20.3
38.5
Other handcrafts
7.3
5.0
9.5
Total
(b)38.9
72.4
137.4
Total art and handcrafts
(b)41.0
77.7
147.5

(a) Who had some expenditure on shopping while in Australia. This was estimated to be 1,898,000 persons.
(b) Components do not add to the total as some visitors purchased more than one type of item.
BTR, Cultural Tourism in Australia: Visual Art & Craft Shopping by International Visitors, 1997, prepared for DCITA.


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