How are our interests and tastes in the visual arts affected by our social class? How does our social background – gender, education, and family – shape how we look at and think about art? How are these art tastes related to other aspects of our cultural tastes and interests – in heritage, music, and literature for example? This lecture shares insights from a recent national survey of Australian cultural practices which has thrown much light on these questions. It also considers the ways in which non-Indigenous Australians from different social backgrounds engage with Indigenous art and culture, and in turn how Indigenous Australians engage with different aspects of Australian culture.
Tony Bennett is Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. An internationally-recognised cultural sociologist, Bennett has also made key interventions in museum and heritage studies and cultural policy. His numerous books include: Museums, Power, Knowledge (2018), Culture, Class, Distinction (co-author, 2009) and Making Culture, Changing Society (2013).
This free public lecture presents findings from a major research project Australian Cultural Fields, and is followed by a panel of local professionals who consider the implications for arts and cultural policy in New Zealand.
This lecture marks the legacy of the late Dr Michael Volkerling, who was involved in the early stages of this project, and who made a huge contribution to the cultural heritage sector over 30 years.
This event is presented by the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington in partnership with National Services Te Paerangi and supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and the Australian High Commission.