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Shaping the future : Arts and culture in the Northern Territory



Shaping the future : Arts and culture in the Northern Territory

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Discussion paper

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Northern Territory. Department of Arts and Museums


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Shaping The Future: Arts and Culture in the Northern Territory Discussion Paper invites you to provide feedback and join in the discussion on the key issues and themes to inform an Arts and Cultural Policy for the Northern Territory. The Policy will set out the vision and principles for the future development of arts and culture for our social, cultural and economic benefit. Closing date for submissions is Friday 6 November 2015.


Closing date for submissions is Friday 6 November 2015.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Minister's foreword -- How to give feedback -- Issues for discussion -- Introduction -- Context for an arts and cultural policy -- Issues for discussion -- Feedback -- Appendix 1.




Arts -- Northern Territory; Northern Territory -- Cultural policy; Arts and society -- Northern Territory; Arts and state -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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19 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/267930 [Submission by the Australian Institute of Architects (NT) in response to Shaping the Future]

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9 5. ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION One persons understanding of the scope of arts and culture, including creative enterprise, may differ from anothers. For this reason, it will be important to define the range of activity which is intended to be covered by the ACP. The UNESCO framework for cultural statistic domains provides a useful starting point, embracing traditional notions of arts activity, but also creative industries, heritage and natural environment. The framework acknowledges the relationship with tourism, sports and recreation. However, it does not clearly reflect the evolving role of libraries and archives in a rapidly changing digital environment nor, bearing in mind its importance in the Northern Territory, emphasise the significance of Indigenous culture. For these reasons a modified version of the UNESCO framework is proposed, and is appended to this paper (Appendix 1). The framework may be helpful in promoting a holistic or ecological approach to all aspects of cultural and creative activity, and creative enterprise. Based on this modified framework, the following draft definition of arts and culture is proposed for purposes of the ACP: The arts represent an outlet of expression that is influenced by culture and which in turn helps to change culture. The arts are a physical manifestation of the internal creative impulse. Major branches of the arts include literature, music and performing arts, visual and screen arts, design, and digital forms of expression. Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, kinship, religion, cuisine, social habits to music and arts. It can be seen as the growth of group identity fostered by social patterns unique to the group. Culture, therefore, also embraces heritage and for the purposes of policy development heritage-related assets and activity. Students enjoy the Albert Borella exhibition at the Northern Territory Library

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