Handbook of Research on Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.
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Chapter 23: How to start an art centre

Vivien Johnson


The name of this chapter picks up on the practical ‘hands on’ approach suggested by the title of this publication, whose editors invited me to contribute an account of my role in the establishment of the Aboriginal art centre Papunya Tjupi. The result maybe regarded as a case study in the struggle of a creative community against bureaucratic obstacles or a lesson in community building at personal, social and institutional levels or a revelation of how art simultaneously builds upon and transforms its conditions and its traditions—or all of these. What stands out for me after setting down this story is how vital so many people’s active support for, or just belief in the possibility of there being, an art centre at Papunya was to the achievement of the artists’ objective. I am reminded of the Skin Horse’s words of wisdom on how a plaything becomes real: it’s not about how you are made, but something that happens to you that takes a very long time and requires real love and tolerance of pain and doesn’t happen to ‘those who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept’ (Williams, 1981, p. 14).

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