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dc.contributor.authorBennett, Dawn
dc.contributor.editorPaul Maginn
dc.contributor.editorRoy Jones
dc.identifier.citationBennett, Dawn. 2009. Creative ex-pats: Globalisation and creative communities, in Paul Maginn and Roy Jones (ed), State of Australian Cities National Conference 2009, Nov 24 2009. UWA, Perth: Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd.

It is well known within the creative industries that a pilgrimage overseas can be an important part of career development. All too often, however, the pilgrimage is a one-way journey and crucial talent is lost. Just as creative capital is lost overseas, the dominance of cities as the centres of Australia's knowledge- or experience-based economy leads to migration of the creative workforce from regional centres and smaller cities such as Perth, lessening the potential for those areas to sustain economic growth. Given the globalised nature of creative industries and the emergence of new technologies, this study asks whether migration loss could be turned into cultural gain. The study involves Western Australians living and working overseas or 'over East' in a wide variety of artistic fields. Participants answered questions relating to personal and professional connectedness, the career impact of their migration, future plans, and their perceptions of the Western Australian cultural environment. Initial results revealed that most creative migration is due to a lack of opportunities and the appeal of larger markets. Despite retaining strong personal connections with their place of origin, participants artistic connections were tenuous and artistic involvement was negligible. Implications from the study, which is ongoing, include the need to actively value and engage with creative migrants and to foster their continued involvement in the cultural life of our cities and regions. In doing so, there is the potential for creative migration to become a positive element of our cultural identities.

dc.publisherPromaco Conventions Pty Ltd
dc.subjectcreative cities
dc.subjectcreative workforce
dc.subjectcreative capital
dc.titleCreative ex-pats: Globalisation and creative communities
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleProceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2009
dcterms.source.seriesProceedings of the State of Australian Cities National Conference 2009
dcterms.source.conferenceState of Australian Cities National Conference 2009
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateNov 24 2009
dcterms.source.conferencelocationUWA, Perth
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyResearch Unit for the Studies of Societies in Change
curtin.facultyFaculty of Humanities

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