Involvement in heritage and the arts can take many forms, including creative pursuits such as painting, acting or playing a musical instrument. Involvement can also cover the enjoyment one gains through experiencing the creative or artistic works of others. This includes such things as seeing a movie or visiting a museum or art gallery.
This chapter provides information on the cultural pursuits of Australians - the time they spend on particular leisure activities, the cultural venues and events they like to attend and some of the creative hobbies in which they are involved. The focus of this chapter is on less formal involvement in heritage and the arts.
Information on people who are paid or do voluntary work for cultural organisations or produce cultural works for public display are the subject of Chapter 5 (Employment and voluntary work) of this publication.