The politics of exclusion: political censorship and the arts-as-industry paradigm

Glow, Hilary and Johanson, Katya 2004, The politics of exclusion: political censorship and the arts-as-industry paradigm, Asia Pacific journal of arts and cultural management, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 128-141.

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Title The politics of exclusion: political censorship and the arts-as-industry paradigm
Author(s) Glow, HilaryORCID iD for Glow, Hilary
Johanson, KatyaORCID iD for Johanson, Katya
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of arts and cultural management
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 128
End page 141
Publisher International Graduate School of Management, University of South Australia
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 1449-1184
Keyword(s) cultural policy
arts industry Australia
political censorship
Arts Victoria
Summary In Australia from 1992 to 1999 Jeff Kennett led the Liberal state government in Victoria. Under his leadership an important vision statement for the arts was produced, and ambitious redevelopments of Victoria’s major cultural institutions were undertaken. Kennett’s ‘vision’ included reforms to Arts Victoria (the state-based arts funding agency) and a radical revision of how the arts were to be subsidised. This represented a wholesale adoption of a new policy approach which saw the arts and culture as an industry which could benefit, in particular, the development of cultural tourism for the state of Victoria. This paper argues that while the arts could be seen to have benefited from the Kennett government’s largesse, some parts of the arts sector were excluded and subjected to censorship. Based on both primary and secondary sources, we argue that in this period, the work of artists which expressed a politically dissenting view was actively discouraged.

Language eng
Field of Research 160510 Public Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, University of South Australia
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