I was inspired by Francois Mattaraso’s excellent post on the “theory, policy and practice of arts funding” to go back to my days as an administrator at the Arts Council, during one of the strangest periods of arts funding in the late 90s.
The recent report by Sir Peter Bazalgette has placed a new and welcome emphasis upon the relationship between place and the creative economy.
The recently published Bazalgette review of the creative industries made much of the importance of creative clusters. But, despite using the term on a regular basis, there was a surprising lack of commentary or policy recommendations relating to the ‘creative economy’.
I’ve written before about the fantastic project by Canadian novelist Yann Martel, which he began in 2007 – sending a book every two weeks to the-then Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.