The arts are again moving to centre stage in public life. The arts and creativity are increasingly recognised as being crucial to the global economy, as well as personal growth and social cohesion. When the Prime Minister included the arts and creativity in the 2020 Summit this year, it was a sign that after a decade artists, actors, writers and others engaged in the creative economy were being taken seriously. This issue of Griffith Review draws on the talents of those attending the summit, including many of Australia's most high-profile artists, to present a bold new agenda for the nation. It will explore the roadblocks of the past and the future possibilities, informed by new thinking about the importance of the arts in economics, education, neuroscience and the creation of beautiful and challenging works.
Griffith Review is edited by Julianne Schultz, an award-winning writer with extensive media experience.