Terry Flew has posted on Marcus Westbury‘s discussion in The Age about the perceived conflict between “arts for art’s sake” and “creative industries”. Mark Bahnisch weighs in and suggests that Marcus has not “succeeded in overcoming the dichotomy [between creative industries and traditional arts] here.” I am not sure if the point is to overcome the dichotomy! In the above linked comments Marcus summarises his argument thus: “My argument is that governments should first and foremost foster the fertile ground rather than picking winners on either cultural or economic criteria.”
I think this a brilliant point and it moved me to leave a comment on Terry’s blog (now with ADDED COMMA!):
In complete seriousness the ideal situation would be to fund an entire social milieu. However much the tradarts and creinds are separated in discourse, in reality (ok, in my experience) the separation does not exist on the level of actual interaction. Creativity as such does not belong to one camp, it circulates and forms alliances. I would call them ‘scenes’ where creative types, admin staff, managers, marketers, etc. all may share overlapping, congruent or even similar professional interests but with vastly different professional competencies. Taking care of a space of communication and actual interaction is paramount.