Where there are cities, there are artists. They are often the first human developers on the fringes of urban areas, and no city is complete without its galleries, its music venues and its literature. The great metropolises of the world lean heavily on their arts communities to define their artistic signatures, created and shaped by the artists who live and work there. But what role does the city play in forming the artistic practice of those who live within her boundaries?
Writer and editor Penny Modra sits down with a panel including Tony Ellwood, director of the National Gallery of Victoria and the brains behind the Melbourne Now exhibition, design Professor Paul Carter, Artistic Director of Next Wave Emily Sexton and cartoonist and creator of Melbhattan short film Oslo Davis to talk about the two-way artistic interaction that is life in the modern city.