abjection / culturemaking / squat / urban


“Although urban renewal could easily be regarded as falling exclusively in the realm of urban planning, I submit there is a well recognised role for culture and the arts in generating development momentum.  Artists need space.  Where there are pockets of vacant space in cities or towns, artists will inevitably seek access to them to go about their creative work.  In doing so, artists immediately change the perception of a vacant space from a “dive” or a “squat” to be disrespected, despaired over and vandalised to something that is “interesting”, “unique” and invariably “cool”.  This “cool” factor is valuable both culturally and commercially.”

Roderick Smith, Submission to the Office for the Arts, Review of Private Sector Support for the Arts, June 2011.


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