Are critics a dying breed, asks Marcus Westbury

How do critics mediate between artists and audiences? CPD fellow Marcus Westbury posted this report on his blog on 3 August 2010 on his participation in a panel on critics and the arts.

ARE critics a dying breed? Are the art critics that we’ve come to know (and, occasionally, love) soon to become things of the past? Last month, I joined a panel at the Australia Council’s annual arts marketing summit in Brisbane, asking “Who’s the critic now?” The audience was made up of directors and marketing people from cultural institutions big and small. I’m not sure how it went down but the consensus from our panel of writers, critics, broadcasters and arts marketing people was emphatic and a little startling. Who’s the critic now? We all are.

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