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Australian Indigenous Art Innovation and Culturepreneurship in Practice: Insights for Cultural Tourism

School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland, Queensland 4000, Australia
Received: 28 February 2019 / Revised: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 29 March 2019 / Published: 9 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Australian Indigenous Art and Cultural Tourism)
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Abstract

Indigenous cultural tourism offers significant future opportunities for countries, cities and Indigenous communities, but the development of new offerings can be problematic. Addressing this challenge, this article examines contemporary Australian Indigenous art innovation and cultural entrepreneurship or culturepreneurship emanating from Australia’s remote Arnhem Land art and culture centres and provides insight into the future development of Indigenous cultural tourism. Using art- and culture-focused field studies and recent literature from the diverse disciplines of art history, tourism, sociology and economics, this article investigates examples of successful Indigenous artistic innovation and culturepreneurship that operate within the context of cultural tourism events. From this investigation, this article introduces and defines the original concept of Indigenous culturepreneurship and provides six practical criteria for those interested in developing future Indigenous cultural tourism ventures. These findings not only challenge existing western definitions of both culture and culturepreneurship but also affirm the vital role of innovation in both contemporary Indigenous art and culturepreneurial practice. Equally importantly, this investigation illuminates Indigenous culturepreneurship as an important future-making socio-political and economic practice for the potential benefit of Indigenous communities concerned with maintaining and promoting their cultures as living, growing and relevant in the contemporary world. View Full-Text
Keywords: Arnhem Land; contemporary fine art; culture; cultural tourism; Indigenous art; Indigenous culturepreneurship; Indigenous entrepreneurship; Indigenous tourism; innovation Arnhem Land; contemporary fine art; culture; cultural tourism; Indigenous art; Indigenous culturepreneurship; Indigenous entrepreneurship; Indigenous tourism; innovation
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Loaney, D.R. Australian Indigenous Art Innovation and Culturepreneurship in Practice: Insights for Cultural Tourism. Arts 2019, 8, 50.

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