City centres have been hit hard by lockdown measures - but can artists and entrepreneurs really breathe life into the space?
Urban planning and cultural policies often neglect electronic dance music. Now the pandemic is forcing the EDM world to come up with new strategies to survive.
Kate Winslet in the 2015 film The Dressmaker. The film was based on the novel by Australian writer Rosalie Ham.
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Literature funding has been cut brutally in recent years and writers’ incomes are disastrously low. Yet books shape our national identity, forming an often invisible bedrock for the wider economy.
A mural by famed Cape Town artist Faith47.
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There aren’t a lot of studies on South Africa’s cultural economy. A new one finds a cluster of creative firms in Cape Town with high levels of innovation.
The Smithsonian Institute closed all of its museums due to the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has closed museums and cultural sites worldwide. Meanwhile, curators are already working hard to preserve the current moment so that future generations may understand it.
A new report says Australian cultural funding ‘reached its highest point ever’ in 2017/18 – but the full story is a lot more complicated.
A new report by the cultural think tank A New Approach establishes some useful baselines for Australia’s cultural debate.
Fans queue to see Avengers: Endgame in Bangkok.
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Cinema is the most popular firm of cultural participation, but rising ticket prices threaten that.
Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield during a press conference in Canberra in June 2018. Over the last six years of Coalition government, there has been a lack of strong policy initiatives and a neglect of smaller arts organisations.
The Coalition government’s approach to arts and culture policy has been one of ad hocism and neglect. Perhaps most serious has been the damage done to the Australia Council and the ABC.
Tourists queue to take a photograph of the Mona Lisa at The Louvre.
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At a time when even accountants are looking for a more compelling understanding of value, it is imperative that the arts – where individual experience is central – resist the evangelical call of quantification.
Artists and creatives often work in industrial spaces, which are declining in Sydney.
The loss of creative spaces to development is pricing Sydney artists out of the city. But they could be encouraged back with new cultural policies.
Rather than more measurement of culture, we need more conversation about what kind of culture Australia wants.
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A new approach to arts advocacy and research could be the breath of fresh air the sector needs - or just more of the same.
Sports and the arts are now separated, but it wasn’t always like this.
The creative economy is failing to live up to the fast-growing, young entrepreneurial image it promotes.
The notion of the creative sector driving fulfilling work as cities shed old industries has worn thin. But those creatives might be delivering value of a different kind, offering a more human future.
Edinburgh is one of the European cities that make the most of their creative and cultural assets.
A comparison of 36 Australian cities finds that, unlike Europe, the data on their creativity and culture are not closely linked to their capacity to generate economic value and social well-being.
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Grassroots venues are run on tight margins, and have been under pressure for some time from external factors such as rising costs and gentrification.
Justin Trudeau sees the artistic and creative industries as drivers of Canadian innovation.
Canada, a country with a similar demographic and economic profile to ours, has a very different approach when it comes to arts funding. Under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, there is a renewed sense of vitality in the arts.
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was “innovation” – at least, it was this time round. In 2015, the Word was “excellence”. And in the antediluvian era of the 1980s and 1990s, the Word was, variously…
Street photographer, c. 1930, part of the NMeM collection.
The decision looks like a reinforcement of the large imbalance in cultural spending between London and the north of England.
The ills that afflict any society can be dealt with much more effectively when the arts are integrated into the national conversation.
What if Malcolm Turbull’s conception of “21st-century government” imagines a healthy civil society and a responsive economy that values debate, imagination, difference and surprise - all provided by the arts.
Front doors closed as indefinite strike continues.
The debate about museums as businesses is in danger of trumping defences of museums and galleries as public institutions.