Experts agree that arts and culture are an important part of the economy – but the precise relationship is complicated. As governments and organizations increasingly have to justify spending, the big question remains: does investment in the arts stimulate growth, or are the arts the product of economic development?

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Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk