Cultural Policy and Cultural Value: A Disconnect? Perspectives from Australia, the Netherlands and the UK

The Cultural Value Impact Network is pleased to announce the launch of its Radical Thinkers Series. Join the inaugural event in this series which will feature leading thinkers reflecting on Australian and international experience in cultural policy and discussing articulations of cultural value and how cultural policy might be reimagined.

Headshots of man, woman and a man Ben Eltham (Monash University, AUS), Eleonora Belfiore (Lougborough University, UK) and Arjo Klamer (formerly Erasmus University, Netherlands)

In addition to devastating the arts sector, COVID-19 has made it abundantly clear that Australia’s cultural policy has been long neglected. In place of a cohesive policy framework that recognises the complex ways that culture creates value beyond that which is economic, a patchwork of policy has arisen. Given the policy void and lack of long-term vision at the federal level, short-termism from different levels of government has taken place. This has resulted in a piecemeal approach to policy making in the arts leaving Australia’s cultural sector ill-prepared for the ravages of COVID-19.

Our panel of radical thinkers, Ben Eltham (Monash University, AUS), Eleonora Belfiore (Lougborough University, UK) and Arjo Klamer (formerly Erasmus University, Netherlands), join us to discuss the disconnect between cultural policy and cultural value, and how cultural policy might be reimagined.

The CVIN Radical Thinkers Series is supported by Contemporary Art and Social Transformation (CAST), the Design and Cultural Practice Enabling Capability Platform, the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI) and the Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS).


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