Most of the articles in this issue of Australian Left Review concern the relationship between art and politics, cultural workers and the production of culture. The issues are not new to the left, but at this time of deepening crisis, after two decades of comparative silence, they are being debated again. The people speaking here, are practitioners rather than theoreticians, toilers at the face, as it were, of cultural production. Their concerns are immediate and practical: What does it mean to be a politically conscious art worker during a period of crisis? How should one produce culture and for whom? What should be produced and why?
Recommended CitationDonaldson, Mike, Introduction - ALR No.77 1981, Australian Left Review, 1(77), 1981, 1.