The arts and Australia's national innovation system 1994-2008: Arguments, recommendations, challenges,
by Professor Brad Haseman and Dr Luke Jaaniste
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, CHASS occasional paper n.7, November 2008
The authors of this paper have identified 31 documents that "make up the core 'arts and innovation' literature in Australia', and from them extract their paper's central proposition: that Australia should include the arts in its innovation agenda. They argue that the arts build a culture of innovation and also produce new knowledge through research in and through the arts, and that the creative industries have a significant contribution to make in economic activity.
"After a brief overview of innovation policy and the national innovation systems approach in Australia, we examine the marginal place of the arts in Australia's innovation agenda and various attempts to include them. We identify the principal voices that have argued for arts and innovation development: the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) sector, digital content industries, arts education and university research, and new media arts. After three main periods of arts and innovation policy activity from the mid.1990s (when the importance of innovation as a key driver of Australia's prosperity was recognised) to early 2008, a fourth period has opened up as part of the Australian Government's Review of the National Innovation System in 2008 [Cutler review]".
The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, or CHASS, builds community recognition and resources for the Humanities, the Arts and the Social Sciences so that they contribute fully to a prosperous, innovative, creative and inclusive Australia. CHASS has more than 100 members, including universities, research centres, professional associations, arts training institutions and creative industry groups. Its members are drawn from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Humanities the Council for the Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools.
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Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) "Challenges ahead for the arts and Australia's innovation system", media release, 15 April 2009", http://www.chass.org.au/media/, and CHASS occasional paper n.7, The arts and Australia's national innovation system 1994-2008: Arguments, recommendations, challenges by B. Haseman and L. Jaaniste, November 2008.