Arts Party

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The Arts Party
LeaderBarry Keldoulis
Party SecretaryPJ Collins
Party AgentDaniel Whitely
FoundedAugust 2014; 4 years ago (2014-08)
HeadquartersKingsford, New South Wales
Increased funding for public broadcasting and the arts
Colours     Purple

Politics of Australia

Political parties in Australia
Elections in Australia

Arts Party:
England, Wales & Scotland


The Arts Party is an international political movement, inspired by the importance of the Arts and creative action, with parties currently registered in Australia,[1] England, Scotland and Wales.[2]


The Australian party was founded in October 2013 by two Sydney-based artists, PJ Collins and Nicholas Gledhill,[3] and registered by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in August 2014.[4][5] Money was raised for the party's registration through a crowd-funding campaign.[6]

Two Arts Party members stood as independent candidates at the 2015 Queensland state election, as the party had not been registered in time to contest the election.[7] Later in the year, the party's leader, PJ Collins, stood as an ungrouped Legislative Council candidate at the 2015 New South Wales state election.[8]

The first official Arts Party candidate was Lou Pollard in the 2015 North Sydney by-election,[9] who came eighth in a field of 13 candidates.

The Arts Party fielded seven candidates for the House of Representatives and thirteen senate candidates across all states in the 2016 federal election.[10] Once again, the entire campaign was financed through a crowd-funding campaign.[11]

The House of Representatives candidates were Anthony Ackroyd in the electorate of Wentworth (NSW),[12] Shea Caplice in the electorate of Warringah (NSW),[13] Tim Sanderson in the electorate of Franklin (Tasmania),[14] Christopher Gordon in the electorate of Bennelong (NSW),[15] Sally Baillieu in the electorate of Dunkley (Victoria),[16] Stephen Beck in the electorate of Longman (Queensland)[17] and Andrew Charles Tyrrell in the electorate of Petrie (Queensland).[18]

In voting for the Senate, the party ranked nationally 28th out of 55 parties, based on first preference votes by group,[19] polling 0.27% of first preferences nationwide.


  1. ^ "Current Register of Political Parties".
  2. ^ "UK Electoral Commission Registration Summary".
  3. ^ Jonathan Mimo (7 November 2013). "Sydney artists form new political party" – altmedia. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  4. ^ "FBI Radio: Introducing the Australian Arts Party".
  5. ^ "The Arts Party Official Site".
  6. ^ "Arts Party crowd-funding campaign".
  7. ^ Deborah Stone (21 January 2015). "Arts party candidates run as independents in Queensland" – ArtsHub. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  8. ^ Deborah Stone (23 February 2015). "Arts Party Leader stands for NSW Parliament" – ArtsHub. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Candidates for the 2016 federal election". Australian Electoral Commission. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Pozible - Arts Party Federal Campaign by PJ Collins".
  12. ^ "Wentworth, NSW Results". Australian Electoral Commission.
  13. ^ "Warringah, NSW Results". Australian Electoral Commission.
  14. ^ "Franklin, TAS Results". Australian Electoral Commission.
  15. ^ "Bennelong NSW Results". Australian Electoral Commission.
  16. ^ "Dunkley VIC Results". Australian Electoral Commission.
  17. ^ "DLongman QLD Results". Australian Electoral Commission.
  18. ^ "Petrie QLD Results". Australian Electoral Commission.
  19. ^ "Senate First Preferences By Group Results". Australian Electoral Commission.

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