The Australian regional art museum: A site of community interaction and participation
MetadataShow full item record
The Australian Regional Art Gallery or Art Museum has been an abiding force in shaping the economic, cultural and social geography of regional and rural Australian communities since 1884.The history of this cultural institution and its present role as a change agent (bringing the local, national and international into dialogue and affecting difference) have contributed significantly to the building of united, sustainable communities. This paper explores this cultural institution (utilizing the case study of Ipswich Art Gallery previously known as Global Arts Link Ipswich) while contextualizing the gallery/museum's place in contemporary Australia. Its once exclusive high art focus has been replaced by an ability to engage in cultural tourism, local and national identity politics, and international diplomacy- strategies for growing the arts and culture in the regions of Australia.
© 2009 Vocational Training Centre in Culture. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified