Creative Industries' Viability in Regional Settings

By Tracey Callinan.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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The creative industries sector is recognised as an economic growth area in many parts of the world, feeding on the innovation, technological development, and networks that are part of creative cities. But do creative industries need the metropolitan context to thrive, or are they viable in regional settings away from the major urban centres? Using regional settings in New South Wales, Australia as an example, this paper argues that creative industries have long been part of the fabric of the regional and rural environment. The identity of communities and their sense of place have always been associated with the arts practice of the place. Policy in new creative industries growth arguably needs to acknowledge the importance that places do not only consume culture, they also should produce culture. While technology continues to change the nature of geographic location in relation to markets and innovation, the examples of the New South Wales context show that creative industries in regional settings may have their own set of conditions for success.

Keywords: Creative Industries, Location, Regional

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.19-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 324.188KB).

Tracey Callinan

Executive Officer, Arts OutWest, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Tracey Callinan is the executive officer of Arts OutWest, the regional arts board for arts and cultural development in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia. She is based at Charles University in Bathurst. She has a background as a music educator and has worked in arts management in Australia and the UK. Her previous research has investigated the pedagogy of video conference use to teach music, and her current research is on creative industries.