This article examines the relationship between the arts and national innovation policy in\ud Australia, pivoting around the Venturous Australia report released in September 2008 as part\ud of the Review of the National Innovation System (RNIS). This came at a time of optimism that\ud the arts sector would be included in Australia’s federal innovation policy. However, despite\ud the report’s broad vision for innovation and specific commentary on the arts, the more\ud ambitious hopes of arts sector advocates remained unfulfilled. This article examines the\ud entwining discourses of creativity and innovation which emerged globally and in Australia\ud prior to the RNIS, before analysing Venturous Australia in terms of the arts and the ongoing\ud science-and-technology bias to innovation policy. It ends by considering why sector-led\ud policy research and lobbying has to date proved unsuccessful and then suggests what public\ud policy development is now needed
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