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Australian Arts ReviewAbout Australian Arts Review:
Since its inception in May 2013, Australian Arts Review (AAR) has taken a look at Australia’s professional and independent performing arts sector featuring a broad selection of cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, film, musical theatre, opera and theatre.

In addition, AAR features the latest book and film releases and takes a look at what is currently on show at Australia’s metropolitan and regional galleries. Our ‘On the Couch’ series has become one of our most popular features, taking readers behind the scenes, and looking at a diverse selection of artists from the creative sector.

Australian Arts Review is managed by Rohan Shearn – an experienced arts manager with more than 20 years in the sector. He is supported by a small team of dedicated reviewers in Adelaide (seasonal), Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

As an independently run initiative, Australian Arts Review receives no government funding and relies on advertising revenue to maintain its presence in Australia’s creative sphere.

Leaderboard (728pixels x 90pixels) – our premium ad spot located at the top of the website (including the homepage) – campaigns commence for a single month – with discounts applying to campaigns of 3 months or more.

MREC – Standard Block Ad (300pixels x 250pixels) – a standard ad placement rotated through one of two positions on the right-hand-side of the website (including the homepage) – campaigns commence for a single month – with discounts applying to campaigns of 3 months or more.

Each month, Australian Arts Review reaches more than 125,000 visitors to the website (representing a 37% increase over the previous year) – of this, 66.8% are female and 33.2% are male.

Age range: 18 – 24 (8.55%); 25 – 34 (31.87%); 35 – 44 (17.43%); 45 – 54 (16.59%); 55 – 64 (15.81%), and 65+ (13.37%)

Location: Victoria (37.93%); New South Wales (31.86%); Queensland (12.21%); Western Australia (7.54%); South Australia (5.59%); Australian Capital Territory (3.56%); Tasmania (0.89%) and Northern Territory (0.40%).

The Australian Arts Review website has been optimised to be viewed on smartphones and tablets, and is supported by a dedicated Facebook page with more than 5480 followers – with posts reaching in excess of 5,000 viewers per week. Statistics are as of 31 August 2019.

“I have worked with Rohan Shearn since mid-2013 when he founded the website Australian Arts Review that offers prompt arts industry updates including news, previews, artist Q&A (On The Couch) and reviews. In a very short period, I have noticed that Rohan has established a fantastic network of contacts in the arts sector across many artforms. From a publicity perspective (in particular for my clients), Australian Arts Review offers an outstanding and unique contribution to the arts sector.”
Ben Starick, Starling Communications

“I utilise the resources on Australian Arts Review as both a publicist, and an artist. They have topical, up-to-date information on shows and events for their patrons and a strong, accompanying social media presence. As a publicist I regularly approach them with media releases because I trust that the standard of coverage my clients will receive (space permitting) will be of a high quality.”Eleanor Howlett, Sassy Red PR

About Rohan Shearn:
With a background in arts administration and event management that dates more than 20 years, Rohan has had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of productions from intimate theatre through to large-scale events.

Key appointments have included General Manager for the former Riverina Theatre Company in Wagga Wagga, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) in Lismore, Feast Festival in Adelaide and Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra. Additional appointments have included Presenters’ Coordinator for the Victorian Arts Council (now Regional Arts Victoria), Precinct Operations Supervisor for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Creative Producer for the Adelaide Queer Film Festival (2008) and Interim Company Manager for Red Stitch Actors Theatre (2012).

He has completed the Associate Diploma in Small Companies and Community Theatre through Swinburne University, and has completed the Graduate Diploma of Management (Arts and Cultural Management) through the University of South Australia.

For more information or to discuss how Australian Arts Review can work with you to develop a bespoke campaign, contact Rohan Shearn, Managing Editor – for details.

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