CDN News - November 2015


» 1. From the Office
» 2. Cultural Development Activities 
» 3. Professional Development Activities
» 4. New Resources
» 5. Funding
» 6. Arts Events
» 7. Opportunities

From the Office

Dear colleagues,
This month CDN held the sixth National Local Government Cultural Forum, hosted by the City of Adelaide. This program works towards stronger cultural development practice in local government across Australia and invites members to do this with a national perspective. Representatives from Australia’s capital cities, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts and the Australian Local Government Association met to develop their strategic plan for current and future work of the program. The Cultural Forum commenced in 2013 for a three year term and will continue in 2016-2018 thanks to support from the Australia Council for the Arts. A communique reporting details of the meeting will be available from CDN's website in the coming weeks.
Benchmarking local cultural development: In late October, CDN ran a focus group with members from the MAV Arts and Culture Committee and other councils, who assisted in confirming input and output datasets for benchmarking across local government. This was a valuable exercise with much diversity across councils within Victoria highlighted and addressed. Thank you to all who participated. The full data set is being presented to the MAV Committee this week for discussion and potential endorsement. We expect to be trialling the system with a group of councils across Victoria in early 2016.

Farewelling Lyndall Metzke: This month we formally farewell Lyndall Metzke who has been a highly valued member of the CDN team since 2010, managing our office, administration, secretariat to committees and other projects, including our annual survey very efficiently. Lyndall has been successful in receiving a scholarship for her studies in governance of arts organisations through Deakin University. We wish her well with her studies and look forward to interesting findings.

We are pleased that Amy Stevenson, who has been with us since April, will officially take over Lyndall's role as Administrator and Board Secretary, and continue her Research Assistant role as well.  

Warm regards from the CDN team:

John Smithies, Kim Dunphy & Amy Stevenson

National Local Government Cultural Forum, Adelaide, November 2015
Left to right (back row):
Marie Gunnell (Ministry for the Arts), Lisa Schreiber ( City of Perth), Lenine Bourke (Australia Council for the Arts), Paul Holton (CDN), Clare Hargreaves (MAV), Melanie Brown (LGAT), Sahn Cramer (City of Darwin), Alan Higgins (ArtsACT), Rachel Smithies (Australia Council for the Arts), John Smithies (CDN), Lisa Teburea (LGASA), Anna Malgorzewicz (City of Darwin). Left to right (front row): Rachel Atone (Ministry for the Arts), Katie Pack (City of Brisbane), Sally Watterson (LGANSW), Sabine Jung (City of Adelaide), Kim Dunphy (CDN), Mandy Whitford (Australia Council for the Arts), Allison Hailes (LGAWA), Jo Duffy (City of Hobart).


CDN's activities and other cultural policy news 

Making Culture Count: the politics of cultural measurement: New publication from CDN and the University of Melbourne's Centre for Cultural Partnerships. CDN is pleased to announce the publication of our new book, Making Culture Count, after a long gestation. This edited collection had its genesis at our 2012 conference of the same name, and includes chapters from conference delegates as well as other academics and practitioners from around the world. The book brings together diverse perspectives from scholars, policy-makers and creative practitioners to explore the burgeoning field of cultural measurement and its political implications.

Scholars, policy-makers and cultural activists alike will find these contributions both enlightening and useful' Carole Rosenstein, George Mason University, USA. 

We invite you to join the editors and authors at two events to celebrate the launch of the book:

Drinks with authors: from 4.30pm, Tuesday November 17th, Lionel's Bar, VCA Southbank campus (enter via Grant St), 234 St Kilda Rd Southbank

Launch: 1pm, Tuesday December 2, (as part of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia's Minor Culture conference), Arts Hall, Level 1, Old Arts Building (Bldg 149), University of Melbourne Parkville campus, Carlton.

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Resources on CDN's website about cultural development planning in local government
Resources on cultural development planning are now available from CDN's website including a report on cultural data that provides an overview of datasets that may be useful to cultural development planners in local government. A Framework for Cultural Development Planning and an updated annotated bibliography on evaluation resources is also available.
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Local Government Professional Support Groups 

CDN supports two groups of local government professionals that meet to discuss issues of relevance to local government cultural development in Victoria. Visit their websites for reports about activity and coming meetings

Municipal Association of Victoria Arts and Culture Committee
This group of elected representatives and council staff meets quarterly to advise MAV's Board on issues related to Arts and Culture in Victoria councils.

LGPro Arts and Culture Special Interest Group
This SIG operates as a forum to support Local Government arts management and development activities. Delegates from all Local Government authorities across Victoria are invited to participate in discussions on topics relevant to the arts and culture portfolios
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Cultural Minister's Council meeting communique
The meeting of the Cultural Ministers from each state and territory was held in Mildura last week. The communique reports meeting topics including an update from the Australia Council and Creative Partnerships Australia, about the implications of the proposed National Program for Excellence in the Arts especially for small to medium arts organisations; a commitment to collaboration on shared regional arts priorities, and  new arrangements for the collection of core cultural data, to inform funding decisions and policy development in Australia.

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Summit on sustainable development
In anticipation of a special summit on sustainable development held within the UN’s 70th General Assembly in New York (25-27 September 2015), leaders of the global campaign ‘The Future We Want Includes Culture’ along with UCLG released a joint communique. The communique identifies achievements and shortcomings of the UN that led to the Outcome Document, 'Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with regard to the recognition of culture's role in sustainable development. Included were six identified steps the campaign will take in the future. The campaign was launched on 1 May 2014 with the "Declaration on the Inclusion of Culture in the Sustainable Development Goals" which has been signed by 900 organisations and more than 2500 individuals in 120 countries; each playing an important role in creating – for the first time ever – a global voice for the cultural sector.

Professional Development Activities

7th International Arts & Health Conference | 17-19 November 2015 | Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney | Conference Theme: the Arts, Mental Health and Resilience.| Information

Movement Makers Forum 2015, as part of the Big West Festival 
20 November 2015 | Footscray Community Arts Centre | How are we supporting young people, to have opportunities to develop their own creative and cultural identities in the changing face of Australia? | Information

Early bird tickets until 20 November 2015 | The Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy Conference  16-17 February 2015 | Sydney | Skill development in evidence based practise for policy practitioners. Information

Master of Arts and Community Practice (MACP) | Commencing in March 2016
This course offers low-residency options for students outside of Melbourne and includes traditional classroom teaching, online options, field work intensives, and practical industry internships in Australia and overseas. More information

UnConference 2015 | 24-27 November 2015 | Holmesglen at Eildon, Victoria
Discover new ways of thinking and support the emergence of social innovation and transformation. | More information
Arts Learning Forum 2015 | 25-27 November 2015 | Footscray Community Arts Centre
An annual event for arts professionals with a role or interest in arts education, learning or engagement across all art forms, ages and communities. Information

Evaluating your work: Measuring Success in Art and Culture | 10am-1pm, 27 November 2015 | John Taylor Room, Kilmore Library, 112 Sydney St, Kilmore | An opportunity for artists and arts practitioners to explore success measures and frameworks and explore what constitutes a winning project. | Information


Seminar: Rough Guide to Marketing | 1.30pm - 4.30pm, 10 December 2015 | Melbourne Museum | Discover the tricks to marketing your museum, gallery or organisation.| Information


State of Australian Cities National Conference | 9-11 December, 2015 | Gold Coast, Queensland | Fostering productive dialogue between academic researchers, policy makers and other urban practitioners. Information

41st Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts | 10-12 December 2015 | University of SA, Adelaide | Arts and Culture: Building Capabilities and Creating Value.| Information
Human Rights Oration | 12.30-2pm, 10 December 2015 | Fitzroy Ballroom, Hotel Sofitel, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne. Hosted by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to recognise International Human Rights Day. The Oration aims to highlight human rights issues as they apply to the everyday lives of citizens and this year will be delivered by Dr Anita Heiss.| Information

The 3rd ENCATC International Study Tour  | 23-25 November | Barcelona, Spain
Gain insight on best practice for how to efficiently lead cultural institutions, analyse audiences, and improve marketing and public strategies. Grants available. Information

The 8th ASEF Public Forum on Creative Cities in Asia and Europe: Cities: Living Labs for Culture?  24 November 2015 | Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, Korea 
15 cultural experts from Asia and Europe will discuss the growing trend of culture-based development of cities with 27 documented case studies across 40 cities launched at the event.| 
International Lecture Series on Cultural Marketing: 5th session | 30 November 2015 | University of Antwerp, Holland | This lecture will discuss the challenges for the sustainable development of contemporary museums.  Information

Call for papers: 2015 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 10 - 13 December 2015 | Berlin, Germany | Building Bridges of Peace and Reconciliation in Times of Greater Global Insecurity Information

International Performing Arts Conference | 17-21 December 2015 | Austria | An opportunity for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate their methods and techniques to the international audience. Information

Call for proposals: the ninth Performing the World (PTW) Conference | 23-25 September, 2016 | The All Stars Project, 543 West 42 Street, New York City | An opportunity for practitioners, scholars and activists to share and showcase their work and create something new together. Information

New Resources

CDN Pick of the Month


New Book:  The Secrets of Culture  by D. Paul Schafer
Humanity’s future depends on the adoption of culture as the central organising principle of society. Originally trained as an economist, Schafer argues the current “economic age” must soon give way to a new “age of culture” that places the highest priority on people and the natural environment, rather than materialism and the marketplace.

New Article: Disrupting the Cycle  of Urban Violence with Arts and Culture 
Hip-hop dialled down street violence in the Bronx. New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian gangs made peace through craft. Why is culture such an underrated civic tool?


New Book: Creative Economy and Culture: Challenges, Changes and Futures for the Creative Industries.By John Hartley, Wen Wen, and Henry Siling Li. | A look at the conceptual challenges, the forces and dynamics of change, and prospects for the future of creative work at planetary scale.


New Toolkit : Youth Arts Tool Kit from Arts USA | Develop new or strengthen existing art programs for at risk youth.

New BookCulture as a Vocation: Sociology of Career Choices in Cultural Management by Vincent Duboise  | This book focuses on would-be cultural managers by identifying their social patterns and by revealing the resources, expectations and visions of the world they invest into their profession.

New Report | Culture and Creative Spillovers in Europe: report on the preliminary evidence review, October 2015 | A collaborative preliminary methodological review about the evidence and causality of spillover effects  of the arts, culture and creative industries in Europe.


Alchemy |the Abbotsford Convent Foundation | Applications close 23 November 2015
A new funding initiative designed to support and deliver artistic activity across the Convent. Proposals are welcome from all creative streams to activate the site’s diverse spaces and engage new and existing audiences.Information

Creative Partnerships VIC Match Funding | Applications close 4 December 2015
Helping artists and groups identify and secure private sector support. Crowdfunding campaigns to take place between Feb- May 2016. Up to $10,000 in matched funding.

Volunteer Grants 2015
| Applications close 2pm 9 December 2015
Grants of up to $5,000 for organisations to purchase equipment items to assist volunteers, assist with reimbursement of fuel costs incurred by volunteers and contribute towards the cost of training courses and screening checks for volunteers.Information 
Regional Arts Victoria Invites Proposals for The Small Town Transformations Program | EOI open until the 29 February 2016 | Inviting ambitious creative projects that will bring communities together with professional artists to create a lasting legacy. Up to $350,000 available for the six strongest creative proposals. Open to towns with a population of 2,000 people or less. Information

Metro Screen NSW Digital Escalator | No closing date | City of Sydney
Supporting cultural community and art organisations to develop digital video skills and build content creation and distribution capacity, through fully subsidised access to training, equipment and expert advice and support. Information 


Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Queen Victoria Night Market returns! | 4 Nov – 25 Mar 2016, Wednesdays, 5pm-10pm, FREE
Every Wednesday evening throughout spring and summer, visitors can enjoy over 150 stalls of global street food, vintage fashion, homewares, wine bars and three stages presenting music, dance and performance. Information

Rawcus Theatre Development Workshop 10am-3pm 18 November 2015 | Gasworks Arts Park Theatre, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park | Rawcus invite you into the early development of their next major show. This inclusive, participatory ideas and material generating workshop offers insight into the creative development process and imaginative journey of theatre making. Information

Shearwater Festival 21-22 November 2015 | Phillip Island | Featuring a series of creative collaborations between artists, performers and environmental educators across Gippsland, incorporating the festivals theme 'Caring for Country'. Information


The Game Changers Conversation Series: The Future of Festivals Wednesday 25 November | Victoria University, 138 Nicholson Street Footscray | Promising to be a lively debate about arts festivals and the broader arts sector, with Ian Pidd (facilitator) asking some probing questions of a fantastic all star lineup of Victoria's art festival leaders. Information 


Explore the diverse artist studios located in and around Footscray with a self-guided tour taking you behind-the-scenes of a number of creative hubs. Ranging from a back shed to a lounge room, gallery studios and warehouses, you will be fascinated by the sanctums from which artists find their inspiration and create. Information

Celebrate your local Hall! | Registrations open until the end of November 2015 | Love your local hall? You are invited to join other towns this November and plan an event for Home is Where the Hall is: an annual celebration of the heart of your town. Any kind of event is welcome, including family days, art exhibitions, food stalls, games and more. Information

Mapping Melbourne 2015 | 2-5 December | across Melbourne | Mapping Melbourne 2015 will feature over 100 independent artists across art forms, craftivism, dance, live art, multimedia, music, performance and theatre on the theme of Asia in the heart of Melbourne across 13 venues. Information

Exhibition and Public Program: the Murrumbeena Boyds  | Until 6 December 2015 | Glen Eira City Council Gallery | A fascinating insight into the influences, creativity and significance of the Murrumbeena Boyds, one of Australia’s most celebrated artistic families. | Information

Crafty Mondays at Fed Square | Until 14 Dec 2015 |  Federation Square | Lunchtime craft culture with free workshops, four Mondays per month. Information


The Institute for Creative Health is in the process of developing a new strategic plan and invites input from those across the sector The Institute’s objective is to establish long term support for arts and health advocacy, research and practice across all areas of health and to embed the arts in the nation’s approach to health and wellbeing. If you would like to contribute to their planning please follow the link and complete their survey.

Seeking participants: ArtsReady-a new entry-level employment trainee program for the Creative Sector | The program links trainees with partner organisations to deliver quality workplace experiences and industry recognised qualifications, while providing support every step of the way as trainees build a career. Information

Position vacant: Marketing Assistant, Back to Back to Theatre, Melbourne (Geelong) | Applications close 5pm 11 November 2015 | Part-time, flexible work hours, PBI salary sacrafice and great work environment! Information

Position vacant: AusDance NSW seeks Manager | Applications close 16 November 2015 | 
Oversee the operational management of AusDance and work closely with the Director to implement the 2016 -18 program of activities, strategic plan and KPI's. Information

Seeking participants: 2015-2016- What Happened at the Pier # 2 | 1-3pm 17 November 2015 | Manningham City Council | Are you or your family member a migrant who arrived in Australia by ship and disembarked at Port Melbourne? Information

Submissions now open: Human Rights Art and Film Festival 2016 | Shorts close 27 November 2015 | Information


Nominations now open: Victorian Young Achiever Award | Closing 11 December 2015

The awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young people up to and including 29 years of age. Information


Applications now open: Belconnen Arts Centre's Residence Program, ACT  | No closing date Assistance to local artists, writers, performers & new media collaborators looking to use studio, performance and exhibition space for development and presentation of new work. More information

PBS welcome partnerships with local councils and those in the music sector to promote music-related events and festivals throughout the year. Contact: Con Pagonis

Call out to schools, councils and Communities for venues: Host a film as Part of the Access All Areas Film Festival | A free film festival that aims to promote awareness about accessible cinema, for people with and without disability alike. Information

Call out to schools, councils and communities: Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) Schools and Community ProgramHost a HRAFF film screening within your school or community.Information


Call for contributions :The Visitor Studies Association eNewsletter is looking for contributors.
Topics can range from site-specific evaluation projects to large-scale multi-site projects. The only requirements are that the topic be relevant to the VSA/museum evaluation/audience research community and be no more than two years old. Information
Art competition open: Home and Art Prize and Exhibition |  Closing 14 March 2016
For artists with an asylum seeker and refugee background. This newly established prize is run by the City of Greater Dandenong.  First Prize offered $3,000. Information

Position vacant: SAM Gallery Shop Assistant-Casual | Hourly Rate: $30.98| Applications close: 28 November 2015 | The Arts, Events & Tourism department are recruiting for a number of casual Gallery Shop Assistant positions in the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Information

Position vacantTheatre Technical Assistant-Casual | Hourly Rate: $32.29 | Responsible for assisting with technical operations in the WestSide Performing Arts Centre and the Eastbank Centre managed under the River links Venues brand.Information

Positions vacant:  West Independent Theatre - Seeking Theatre-makers | WIT are currently accepting new applications for the following roles: WIT Company Members, Director, Stage Managers | Information

Registration now open | New Sessions of online Professional Development Courses and Workshops with the International University of British Columbia-Centre for Cultural Planning and Development | Information

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