The objective of the research project was to look at the ways that artists are working in diverse settings (from communities through to the commercial sector) and the nature of partnerships ('intersections') that exist between the arts and other sectors. It also looked at the ways that governments at all levels (local, national, international) initiate, support or influence such relationships through policies or programmes.
A preliminary version of this report was published as a discussion paper for the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture held in Melbourne, Australia, on 3-6 October 2011. The Summit was attended by 501 delegates from 70 countries and the outcomes of the keynotes, panel and roundtable discussions that took place at the Summit, together with feedback to the discussion paper, has been now been incorporated. In addition to the information gathered through the questionnaires and interviews, this report presents a bibliography and list of web-based resources, a catalogue of organisations working across sectors, and an extensive selection of inspiring practices in the field. The report contains many quotes from respondents, some of which are presented anonymously by request.
The report covers four key areas. The first is a general review of creative intersections and the types of sectors where these intersections occur, based largely on the information gathered from the respondents and Summit delegates and the material uncovered by desk research. The second is a perspective on the structural aspects of partnerships prompted by the information and vision provided by the experts consulted. The third summarises the policies and programmes undertaken by the funding bodies surveyed, and the fourth identifies elements and themes for further research and discussion.
We would like to thank all respondents and Summit participants for their valuable contribution to this report and the Australia Council for the Arts for its support for this research and 5th IFACCA World Summit of Arts and Culture.
For further information on the Summit, please visit www.artsummit.org.