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Untangling creativity and art for policy purposes: ethnographic insights on Manchester International Festival and Manchester Day Parade

Symons, JIJ 2016, 'Untangling creativity and art for policy purposes: ethnographic insights on Manchester International Festival and Manchester Day Parade' , International Journal of Cultural Policy , pp. 1-15.

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Abstract

This paper draws on anthropological fieldwork of a civic parade in Manchester from 2010 to 2012 to argue for engaging with creativity as a process rather than an attribute of a particular sector or individual. It shows how the focus on funding and supporting ‘creative industries’ defined as ‘cinema, television, music, literature, performing arts, heritage and related areas’ actually excludes and diminishes the potential for others to engage with ideas and creative processes. Two major events in Manchester’s cultural calendar – Procession by artist Jeremy Deller, produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Day Parade, a council-led civic celebration – both combined community groups with artist input to put large-scale structures and people on the city’s streets. In this ethnographic analysis, I argue that the ‘creativity’ sought from these artists is their adaptive and productive approach to making ideas tangible. By focusing on creativity as a process rather than a character trait, there is even greater potential for stimulating a ‘creative’ city.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Cultural Policy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1028-6632
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Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 15:34
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38422

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