Natural ‘slashies’: regions lead charge for cross-industry collaboration

Does the rhetoric around cross-industry collaboration place the Arts as another political pawn, or is it a real opportunity to shape shift the sector’s future?

As a sector, arts and culture professionals have become much better at cross-discipline collaboration. They have also embraced the all-encompassing (and somewhat blurry) title of Creative Industries, allowing what they do to dovetail, and integrate, into new emerging creative offerings and technologies. The sector has even improved at banding together to lobby government, an outcome of the pandemic and National Cultural Policy.

But the last two years – while the sector has co-joined in certain battles – has also been a period that has been especially isolating and distancing. There was a pause in tourism to the regions, mental health statistics spiked and hybrid working environments fractured connection, yet there was a rise in regional relocations.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina