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'The problem with permanence is that you’re stuck with it’: the public arts centre building in the twenty-first century

Glow, Hilary and Johanson, Katya 2017, 'The problem with permanence is that you’re stuck with it’: the public arts centre building in the twenty-first century, International journal of cultural policy, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1080/10286632.2017.1290610.

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Title 'The problem with permanence is that you’re stuck with it’: the public arts centre building in the twenty-first century
Author(s) Glow, HilaryORCID iD for Glow, Hilary
Johanson, KatyaORCID iD for Johanson, Katya
Journal name International journal of cultural policy
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1028-6632
Keyword(s) arts centres
arts managers
Summary Dedicated arts centres were a common outcome of the great expansion of the public sphere in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the early twenty-first century, however, many of our arts centres present a challenge to cultural policy-making. Expensive to maintain and operate, they are often ill-equipped to host the increasingly diverse range of communities and arts practices that have emerged with each generation. The article outlines the difficulties that the presence of such arts centres present to cultural policymakers, using case studies of four Australian centres. It argues that the ‘mobilities turn’ in sociology provides a useful framework for considering the challenges posed by a static building and its array of highly mobile stakeholders. The study focuses on the perceptions of arts centre managers as cultural intermediaries – giving voice to the opportunities and constraints for the arts centre building and to the needs and interests of public policymakers, artists and audiences, and juggling the tensions between the ideological, political, demographic and cultural forces that define the field in which they routinely operate. The managers negotiate distinctive challenges that arts centres face within the context of decentralised and fluid understandings of creative spaces for contemporary leisure practices.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10286632.2017.1290610
Field of Research 150499 Commercial Services not elsewhere classified
2001 Communication And Media Studies
2002 Cultural Studies
1504 Commercial Services
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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