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Great expectations: Megatrends and the arts

Ever-changing social, economic and technological trends impact how audiences engage with the arts and how the arts sector produces and presents creative work.

Significant megatrends are predicted to play out over the coming years. But which of these will impact Queensland’s arts sector the most?

On 21 April 2016, Arts Queensland invited Queensland’s arts and culture sector to  join a critical discussion headlined by Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist in Strategic Foresight at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, and facilitated by Radio National Big Ideas host Paul Barclay, to explore megatrends and gain insight into how communities and arts organisations can plan for rapid change.


Paul Barclay and Dr Stefan Hajkowicz discuss megatrends and their impact on the arts

“As we become immersed in digital, the value of the real world becomes more important. 

We have great expectations for that all important experiential good, which is front and centre to what the arts is all about.” - Dr Stefan Hajkowicz 

With an audience of more than 150 people, Great expectations: megatrends and the arts attendees represented a number of sectors including the arts, tourism, government and education.


audience members

“The event enabled access to a topic that is highly relevant to the future development of creativity and the arts in Queensland but which is not normally or easily accessible. " - Attendee

"The speaker was clear, direct and I believe it is fabulous to see Arts Queensland bringing this level of business and logistics into the arts ... pushing artists to think of their work in a sustainable way." - Attendee

"Dr Stefan was a very impressive speaker. The topic enabled big picture thinking, out of the normal scope of our work and discussions." - Attendee 

This event was held as part of Arts Queensland’s Arts Acumen initiative, which promotes collaboration, entrepreneurship and future thinking to strengthen sustainability in Queensland’s arts sector.

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