Journal article

Melbourne's creative spaces program: Reclaiming the 'creative city' (if not quite the rest of it)

K Shaw

City, Culture and Society | Elsevier | Published : 2014

Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Declining availability and affordability of inner-city space for cultural production were identified as major issues for Melbourne in the 2000s. The city's Creative Spaces program was designed to redress this by providing affordable space for creative use in the public and private sectors. Rather than following the global 'creative city' strategies of the time, in which low and non-profit-making artists are relegated to the service class or displaced, the program's advocates used the language of culture-led regeneration to win political support for the fundamental place of the arts in the city. Avoiding temporary, 'activating' uses of space, the program gives access to l..

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