Exploring artistic identity and place in society: perspectives and insights from higher education students in Australia

Daniel, Ryan (2016) Exploring artistic identity and place in society: perspectives and insights from higher education students in Australia. Creative Industries Journal, 9 (1). pp. 15-28.

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Abstract

Artists continue to make a significant contribution to contemporary society and to the sector of economic activity broadly referred to as the creative industries. At the same time, the concept of the artist today continues to be influenced by myths, assumptions and stereotypes, such as the need to pursue intense levels of devotion and commitment in order to achieve success; connotations of genius, madness and rebellion still pervade much of the contemporary discourse. While there has been significant growth and recognition of the creative industries sector in academic and policy settings, it offers particular challenges for those studying towards a career in this area, in terms of identity formation and management, as well as in relation to attaining and sustaining viable employment. In order to explore these issues with future creative industries participants, this article reports on the views of a cohort of 120 current higher education students studying creative and performing arts, in terms of their reflections on current and planned identity development, the place of artists in Australian society, and employment issues relevant to a career in the creative industries.

Item ID: 43553
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: creative industries; artists; identity
ISSN: 1751-0708
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 04:55
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 100%
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