The creative industries sector is recognised as an economic growth area in many parts of the world, feeding on the innovation, technological development, and networks that are part of creative cities. But do creative industries need the metropolitan context to thrive, or are they viable in regional settings away from the major urban centres? Using regional settings in New South Wales, Australia as an example, this paper argues that creative industries have long been part of the fabric of the regional and rural environment. The identity of communities and their sense of place have always been associated with the arts practice of the place. Policy in new creative industries growth arguably needs to acknowledge the importance that places do not only consume culture, they also should produce culture. While technology continues to change the nature of geographic location in relation to markets and innovation, the examples of the New South Wales context show that creative industries in regional settings may have their own set of conditions for success.
|Keywords:||Creative Industries, Location, Regional|
Executive Officer, Arts OutWest, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia