Over the past two decades the notion that public sector support for the arts is naturally a ‘good thing’, has been challenged and in some cases rejected. Art itself has been subsumed into the broader framework of ‘culture’. Williams and others promoted the rationale for government support of the arts as a way to support arts practices that were not market oriented (Williams 1989). However this notion has now been turned on its head. Arts practice that primarily focuses on the business of making money, is seemingly more likely to receive support from governments. In an age framed by the centrality of the economy (and one that embraces the concept of the ‘cultural or creative industries), what value does arts practice have, if it has no ‘commercial’ value? This paper explores arguments around how the arts are framed and valued within current times and what this may mean for artists, consumers of art and governments.
|Keywords:||Arts, Value, Economic, Intangible Benefits, Government|
Associate Professor, Business, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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