Cultural Policy

Creating Cities

Marcus Westbury
Books, Cultural Policy
Melbourne: Niche Press, 2015. 192 pp. Paperback
ISBN: 9780992568740
Reviewed by , March 3rd, 2016

The story of Australia’s most famous urban ‘intervention’ that provides a different model and scale of state-cultural industry relationships. The literature on the ‘creative’ or ‘cultural’ city is now substantial, driven by scholarly interest in how artistic creativity becomes embedded (or not) within cityscapes; and city administrators looking to cultural practices for urban regeneration, competitive… continue reading »


It’s Culture, Stupid: Reflections of an Arts Bureaucrat

Leigh Tabrett
Books, Cultural Policy
Strawberry Hills, Currency House 2013. 69pp.
ISBN 9780987211439
www.currencyhouse.org.au
Reviewed by , April 25th, 2014

 Leigh Tabrett has made a thoughtful contribution to Platform Papers quarterly essay series. Tabrett’s It’s Culture, Stupid: Reflections of an Arts Bureaucrat identifies some serious funding and policy issues that challenge the Australian arts sector. Tabrett was at the helm of Arts Queensland from 2005 to 2012 and her insights reflect the thinking of someone… continue reading »


Making New Zealand’s Pop Renaissance: State, Markets, Musicians

Michael Scott
Books, Cultural Policy, Music Business
Farnham, England: Ashgate 2013, 185 Pages
ISBN 9781409443353
www.ashgate.com
Reviewed by , August 1st, 2014

As a “small, isolated, commodity dependent” trading nation, New Zealand is a difficult place to maintain a career in music. This was particularly the case during the 1990s when the country was undergoing some fairly strong  “neo-liberal” reforms under the Bolger-Shipley National  Government. The election of Helen Clarke’s Labour Government in 1999 produced a range… continue reading »


The Arts and the Common Good

Katharine Brisbane
Books, Cultural Policy
Sydney: Currency House, Platform Papers Issue #43, May 2015. 72 pp
ISBN13 978 0 9924890 4-5
www. currencyhouse.org.au
Reviewed by , June 1st, 2015

Platform Papers are scholarly quarterly essays produced by Currency House Inc., a Sydney-based non-profit organisation, formed in 2001, which seeks to raise the level of public discourse about issues facing the arts today (see www. currencyhouse.org.au). In this, Paper Number 43, Katherine Brisbane, theatre critic and historian, expresses her deep concerns about the current health… continue reading »


The Creative Industries: Culture and Policy

Terry Flew
Books, Cultural Policy
London and Thousand Oaks: Sage University Press, 2012. 232 pp.
ISBN 978-1-84787-575-4
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2014

Since the late 1990s, ‘the creative industries’ has been the primary conceptual engine in thinking and policy about arts and culture in western societies. This book provides a thorough account of the term’s development, from the original blueprint of the UK Blair government, to its many national and regional variations. As both policy practitioner and… continue reading »


The Music of Place: Reclaiming a practice

Jon Rose
Books, Cultural Policy
Sydney: Currency House, May 2013, Platform Papers No 35
ISBN 978 0 987211446
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2014

This book is part of the Currency House’s Platform Papers, an ‘informed quarterly essay series seeking new directions’ in performance and media arts and associated arts industry practices. Jon Rose (b. 1951) is a composer, sound artist, improviser, violinist and instrument maker working in the experimental music tradition. He has recently been recognised with the… continue reading »


The Time Is Ripe for the Great Australian Musical

John Senczuk
Books, Cultural Policy
Sydney: Currency House. Platform Papers. Quarterly Essays on the Performing Arts. No. 42, February 2015. 74pp.
ISBN 978 0 9924890 3 8
www.currencyhouse.org.au
Reviewed by , April 2nd, 2015

John Senczuk has spent 30 years in music theatre, dance and drama as a designer, director, writer for and about theatre, academic, manager. His special passion for music theatre has led him to make a magnificent proposal, outlined in this edition of Currency House’s wonderful series of quarterly monographs, Platform Papers. These are important ideas… continue reading »


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