What makes an arts precinct?

Art precincts can drive social and economic value, but what defines them in the first place?
a group of people standing beside a bright art installation

With news of another arts precinct for Melbourne , it’s worth considering how public spaces become arts precincts in the first place. What defines these arts zones? And what factors are important to seeing them thrive?

Tabitha McMullan is the Executive Director of FORM, a Perth-based agency dedicated to creative initiatives that spark cultural activity in the State of WA.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).