CDN News - December 2015


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

From the Office

Dear colleagues,

As the year comes to a close, we share with you news of some interesting developments.

Creating Australia and the Cultural Development Network announce merge
Creating Australia (CA) Executive Chairman Sue-Anne Wallace and Chair of the Cultural Development Network (CDN) Paul Holton are pleased to announce merge plans for the two organisations. This follows the signing of a Deed of Merger in Melbourne on the 10th of December which confirms a completion date in late January 2016. 
In developing plans for the merge, CA and CDN have focused on their shared goals of building the evidence base for the impacts of cultural practice, in partnership with the philanthropic and local government sectors. CDN Chair Paul Holton said.  “The synergies between CA and CDN in terms of pilot project development and delivery, combined with thoughtful and rigorous evaluation, will enable both organisations to create a wealth of new learnings for artists and local government working with communities.”
Under the merge plan, both entities will continue. Creating Australia Deputy Chair Lindy Allen will join the CDN Board, and this Board will provide governance for Creating Australia.  For further information, please refer to CA/CDN’s joint press release available here 
MOU between CDN and RMIT University
CDN is pleased to announce the signing of an MOU between RMIT University and CDN. CDN values the ongoing partnership with the University who have provided the organisation with office space and use of facilities and services for the past three years. The formal partnership now in place with the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and the Centre for Global Research will provide an open door for collaboration, strengthen and broaden networks, and convert the many years of good will into valuable research that supports the work of local government and artists across the 564 Australian municipalities.  

Official launches of new edited book: Making Culture Count: the politics of cultural measurement
This new publication, a collection of chapters edited by CDN’s Kim Dunphy with colleagues Lachlan Macdowall, Marnie Badham and Emma Blomkamp from the Victorian College of the Arts' Centre for Cultural Partnerships, was launched this month. An informal celebration over drinks at the VCA on November 17 was followed by a more formal acknowledgement at the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia's Minor Culture conference on December 2.  The book, which offers 16 chapters on the topical issue of cultural measurement from researchers and practitioners all over the world is now available for purchase from More information
Ten years of valued leadership: John Smithies’ milestone of a decade as Director of CDN
This month marks ten years since John Smithies took on the role of Director of CDN from founding EO Judy Spokes. In that time, the organisation has expanded from a small service organisation providing support and professional development opportunities to the local government cultural development sector in Victoria, to a nationally and internationally focussed organisation with partners in all Australian states and territories, and the local government sector across the world. John’s significant initiatives include the National Local Government Cultural Forum that has brought together all capital cities and local government peak bodies across Australia into a self-recognising national cultural development sector for the first time. The Forum is well on track with its goals of better integrated government related to cultural development, with considerably stronger connections between local government across Australia as well as strengthened vertical connections between local, state and federal government.
CDN's Staff and Board members are grateful to John for his focussed and dedicated leadership, and CDN’s partners and the wider local government sector benefit from his very significant long term contribution.

Closing of office over Christmas break
The CDN office will be close from the Wednesday the 23rd of December 2015 and will reopen in 2016 on Monday the 11th of January. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to a productive and inspiring year in 2016.
Warm regards from the CDN team:
John Smithies, Kim Dunphy & Amy Stevenson

CDN's activities and other cultural policy news 

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley has released the Creative Industries Taskforce report 'Creative State, Global City.' The report includes 42 initiatives for Government consideration and draws on contributions from almost 10,000 members of Victoria’s cultural and creative industries and the broader public. The report will inform the development of Victoria's first creative industries strategy, which is due for release in 2016. | Read the report here.
Funding changes announced:Creative Victoria's Organisations Investment Program 2017- 2020 |Changes to the Organisations Investment Program will take effect in the 2017-2020 cycle. Applications will open on 15 March 2016 and close on 12 April 2016 with information sessions for organisations taking place in December and early 2016 | More information

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

Course | NAVA Online Courses | Starting Feb 2016 | Australia wide | Offering artists a range of online courses to improve their business and marketing skills, and benefit their professional development | Information

Conference | ICACM 2016 18th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management | 4-5 Feb 2016 | Melbourne | Bringing together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Arts and Cultural Management | Information

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


Conference | Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Australasia | 5-6 March 2016 | Canberra | An interdisciplinary conference on the transforming world of visual technologies in culture, the arts and humanities | Information

Call for Proposals | Regional Arts Australia Conference “ArtLands” | 27-30 October 2016 | Dubbo NSW | National conference and arts festival themes: regeneration, connectedness, emergence | Information

International Conference | Culture for Sustainable Cities10-12 Dec 2015 | China | More information

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

International Conference | 9th Annual International Conference on Global Studies: Business, Economics, Social and Cultural Aspects | Athens Institute for Education and Research | 17-20 Dec 2015 | Greece | More information

International Conference | 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

International Conference |3rd ANCER Conference: Vitality and Viability: Arts Ecosystem in Asia | 14-16 Jan 2016 | Cambodia | For Arts Managers, Cultural Leaders, Cultural Researchers and Policymakers hosted by Cambodian Living Arts in partnership with Institut Français du Cambodge and LASALLE College of the Arts | Information

Call for Proposals | The 9th Performing the World Conference | 23-25 Sep 2016 | New York | Applications close 21 Feb 2016 | Information

Registration Open | 3 Million Stories Conference | 3-5 March 2016 | Tempe, Arizona | Connecting big ideas with urgent challenges on how to better serve students, graduates, and artists in our communities. The conference builds on the insights from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a survey of over 100,000 arts graduates from more than 300 institutions. Information

International Conference | 12th Festival of Pacific Arts | 22 May- 4 June 2016 | Guam | More information

International Symposium | ISCAL 2016: International Symposium on Culture, Arts and Literature | 24-26 June 2016 | Japan | More information

International Conference 9th International Conference on Cultural Policy in Research | 5-9 July 2016 | South Korea | Information

Call for Presenters | 11th International Conference on Art in Society | 10-12 Aug 2016 | Los Angeles USA | Information

International Conference | 9th Malaysian International Conference on Language, Literature and Cultures: Engaging Threads and Trends | 16-18 Aug 2016 | Malaysia | A platform to meet, discuss and share the latest research and fundamental advances in the field of language, literature and culture. Information

Call for proposals | The 9th Performing the World (PTW) Conference | 23-25 September, 2016 | New York City | An opportunity for practitioners, scholars and activists to share and showcase their work and create something new together. Information

World Summit | IFACCA 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture |18 - 21 Oct 2016 | Malta | Information

New Resources

CDN Pick of the Month

New UNESCO Report | Cultural Times: the first global of cultural and creative industries | The report shows cultural and creative industries account for 29.5 million jobs worldwide | Read more


New Resource | Creative Responses to Sustainability | A new series of guides mapping cultural initiatives engaging with social and environmental issues in different countries. Read more


New in Sociology Research | Culture as a VocationSociology of career choices in cultural management by Vincent Dubois | Essential reading for those interested in how career pattern in the cultural sector are changing. Read more
New Article |  On song – Adelaide named a UNESCO City of Music |  Adelaide has turned up its reputation as a vibrant musical mecca, with the South Australian capital officially named a UNESCO City of Music | Read more



Applications Open | 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016 | Deadline 31 Jan 2016 | International | Open to anyone over 18, living outside the UK - both new and established writers encouraged to apply. | More information

Applications Open | The Touring Victoria program | Closing 3 Feb 2016 | Victoria | Support for Victorian arts organisations or artists to tour productions, performances, exhibitions or programs to regional and outer metropolitan Victoria | For tours commencing after 1 July 2016 | More information

Applications Open | NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant | Applications close 13 Feb 2016 | Australia wide | Assisting professional Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to produce, present and promote their work.| More information

Applications Open Jan 2015 | VicArts Grants Round | Closing 17 Feb 2016 | Victoria | One-off support from $5000 up to $75,000 for Victorian independent artists and small organisations to create, develop, present and program new creative works | More information

Expressions of Interest Open | Small Town Transformations Program | EOI close 29 Feb 2016 | Victoria | Inviting small towns across the state (with a population of 2,000 people or less) to embark on ambitious creative projects. Six grants up to $350,000 available. More information

Applications Open : Metro Screen NSW Digital Escalator | No closing date | NSW | 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 


Events: Exhibitions, Awards, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Artist Workshop Series | Gifted |  Until the 20th Dec, 2015 | Mundaring, WALeading into the festive season, 4 artists 'pop-up' for a week each to offer an insight into their creative practices as well as offering small artworks perfect for gifting | Information

Festival | Melbourne Latin Summer Festival 2016 |9 Jan 2016| Melbourne | Art, music, bar, food stalls from Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and much more. More information

Festival | Hobarts MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Arts | 13-Jan 2016 | Hobart | Surrender to music, sound, sight and space | Information
Open Air Opera | Opera in the Domain | Sat Jan 23 2016 | Sydney | A free annual picnic style event for a starlit experience. Opera Australia’s twilight concert will feature favourites overtures and arias performed by company soloists accompanied by the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra | Information
Arts Market | Territory Made Pop Up markets | 17 April 2016 | Darwin and Surrounds | Whether you make art, buy art or appreciate artful things, Territory made is for you. Celebrating what is made, designed and created in NT | Information

Position Vacant | Gallery Director, Gold Coast City GalleryApplications close 15th January 2016 | To download the application pack including Selection Criteria and Position Description, please visit The Arts Centre Gold Coast website.


Add your voice | Independent Artists Profile 2016 | Independent artists are a vital part of the arts ecology. Auspicious Arts wants to hear from artists who can share their experience of 2015 and what their hopes are for 2016 | More 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

Seeking artist | Urban Oasis in the City | Applications close 16 Dec 2015 | The search is on for an artist to deliver an Urban Oasis in the heart of the Gold Coast's bustling tourist precinct. | Information

Call for short documentaries | Human Flow | Deadline 20 Dec 2016 | Seeking submissions from young filmmakers who are citizens of ASEAN or Japan on the theme Human Flows – Movement in Southeast Asia | Information

New commission opportunity | Love Locks | Applications close 31 Dec 2015 | The project asks artists to repurpose the 20,000 padlocks or ‘Love Locks’ removed from Southbank footbridge. 6 grants of $4000 available to produce work utilising the love locks. More information

Applications now open | George Town Festival 2016 |Applications close 31 Dec 2015 | Information

Entries Open | Alice Prize | Entries close 15 Jan 2016 | National art award $25,000 acquisitive. Any medium, any genre. Information
Seeking contribution from female artists | Walker street Gallery and Arts Centre, Dandenong | Entries close 1 Feb 2016 | Inviting Australian female artists to submit artwork for the She exhibition Mar 3 to 31, 2016 – celebrating creative women. Information

Entries Open | Artentwine Sculpture Biennial | Oct 2016- Jan 2017 | Applications close 4 March 2016 | A four month celebration of sculpture set against the backdrop of the beautiful Tamar Valley. Information

Artists wanted | Home and Art Prize | Entries close 14 March 2016 |  A national art competition and exhibition for artists with an asylum seeker and refugee background. Information

Seeking artists | Art Town Live Art Exhibition | Registration closes 14 March 2016 | Art Town is a unique Visual art event! Artworks are created live – in locations throughout the Chapel Street precinct, which turns into one giant studio over 2 weekends. Artists get to engage with the public – and the public get to watch art being created | Information
Seeking contributions | 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. 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

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
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