How do we ensure that artists working at the very edges of artistic practice can thrive? Is there a difference between experimentation and innovation? Can we move from an instrumentalist alignment of interdisciplinary arts and experimental arts in the creative industries and accept them as intrinsically part of a vibrant arts ecology? Is there a place for process as product in the presentation of experimental arts? The Emerging and Experimental Arts section of the Australia Council held a national forum on experimental practice in early May 2013. This paper will present an outline of the outcomes of this forum, and discuss some potential future directions for the support of emerging and experimental arts practice in Australia.
- Andrew Donovan, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia