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Culture is bad for you: inequality in the cultural and creative industries

ACMI Director & CEO Seb Chan in conversation with Dr Mark Taylor


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Tue 6 Dec 2022

Governments, arts councils and arts organisations tell us that culture will keep us fit and healthy, will bring communities together and will improve our lives; however, this talk will argue that we need to be cautious about culture.

First, it will highlight the inequalities in who engages in different kinds of culture, who works in culture and how this hasn't changed in decades. It will then discuss how these inequalities are experienced by those working in culture and why they're unlikely to change without a radical intervention.

Dr Mark Taylor is the author of Culture Is Bad For You (Manchester University Press, 2020), with Orian Brook and Dave O'Brien.

Introduction by Professor Hilary Glow, Deakin University.

Event duration

60 mins


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About Dr Mark Taylor

Dr Mark Taylor is Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at the Sheffield Methods Institute at the University of Sheffield, UK. His work focuses on social inequalities in arts and culture: in audiences, workforces and governance. Methodologically, he's interested in survey methods, social network analysis and data visualisation.

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About Seb Chan

Seb Chan is Director & CEO at ACMI in Melbourne. Appointed to the role in August 2022, he was previously a key part of the team behind the organisation’s $40 million renewal project, underpinned by co-design methodology, which transformed ACMI into a multi-award winning, multiplatform museum.

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