Lab Adelaide

Flinders University is developing an approach to the valuing of culture beyond the economic dollar values, ticket sales and spill-over effects. 

Economic impact studies do not tell the full story of the value of an organisation or event. Funding agencies require new ways of understanding the value of arts and culture organisations, events and objects, and policy makers require a new framework for thinking about the value of arts and culture. To remedy this, a team of researchers is partnering with senior arts and cultural organisations in South Australia.

Laboratory Adelaide: the Value of Culture is an ARC-funded Linkage project based at Flinders University and led by Professor Julian Meyrick in collaboration with Associate Professor Robert Phiddian, Dr Tully Barnett and Heather Robinson (all Flinders), Associate Professor Steve Brown (Australian Institute of Business), Professor Stephen Boyle (UniSA), Alan Smith (State Library of South Australia), Karen Bryant (Adelaide Festival Corporation) and Rob Brookman (State Theatre Company of South Australia).

In an era in which the cultural sector has grown increasingly interdependent and complex, this project will provide robust mechanisms for stakeholders to properly assess the cultural value they provide to the individuals, communities, cities, states, nations and regions they serve.

The collaboration between Flinders University, the University of South Australia, the Adelaide Festival, the State Library of South Australia and the State Theatre Company of South Australia allows for significant transfer of knowledge, expertise and resources in support of developing real solutions to real problems in the measurement of cultural goods and services.

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Laboratory Adelaide researchers are happy to discuss the project in greater detail.

The project aims to be of benefit to cultural sectors locally, national, and internationally.

For more information about the project contact Dr Tully Barnett on or 08 82015478