CDN News - September 2014


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

From the Office

Dear colleagues, 

New Strategic Plan for the Australia Council.
The Australia Council for the Arts recently launched its' new Strategic Plan, 2014 - 2019 and their vision of a "culturally ambitious nation". The Australia Council website states: 'A culturally ambitious nation draws strength from these diversities. It utilises them to expand the dimensions of our creativity. A culturally ambitious nation acknowledges that music, books, theatre, film, paintings, sculpture, dance and a myriad of other art forms are central to our lives. It cherishes its great artists from all regions, and across all practices.' The Cultural Development Network welcomes this new vision and the recognition that regional areas are a vibrant source of cultural activity. More importantly this new vision has meant the restructuring of the grants program to provide a more flexible system which reflects the changing needs of artists. The new strategic plan and new funding structure for 2015 can be viewed on the Australia Council website. 

Cultural Planning Forum Series Resources.
Several products from the forum series are now available from the cultural development planning page on CDN's website.  This includes a booklet of notes from the forums, a report on cultural data and two bibliographies on cultural planning and evaluation.  CDN thanks forum partner the Municipal Association of Victoria, through the Arts and Culture Committee for their support in development and presentation of the 2014 Cultural Planning Series and Arts Victoria, the major sponsor of the series. Most importantly CDN thanks the five councils who hosted the forums: Corangamite Shire Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Latrobe City Council and Melbourne City Council.  Special thanks to the speakers from around Victoria who shared their knowledge and expertise as part of this series.  

CDN is pleased to welcome Emma Asscher to the team. Emma is on a internship until mid November as part of her studies and will be researching local government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts planning in Victoria. 

We wish Kim Dunphy all the best as she travels to the 
International Conference on Cultural Policy Research in Germany to present with former CDN intern Adriana Partal, a paper titled, Cultural impact assessment: a literature review of current practice around the world.

Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy, Lyndall Metzke, Leda Yazgin and Emma Asscher.
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Cultural Development Network's activities

New resources on CDN's website about cultural development planning in local government
Several products presented at the recent forum series are now available from the cultural development planning page on CDN's website.  

This includes a booklet of notes from the forums that will provide the basis for a more comprehensive resource on cultural development planning to be published in early 2015.     
A report on cultural data provides an overview of datasets that may be relevant and useful to cultural development planners in local government across Australia. A focus has been given to datasets available at local government level, as well as those that may be useful even if they are only available at state and national levels.
Two bibliographies are also available: 
Cultural planning annotated bibliography 
This report provides a review of resources available about cultural planning that are relevant to local government cultural development in Australia. Documents and their weblinks are listed, along with a summary of each article’s content and potential usefulness to practitioners.
Evaluation for local cultural development
This report provides a review of resources available about evaluation that are relevant to local government cultural development in Australia. Documents and their web links are listed, along with a brief comment about the articles’ content and potential usefulness to practitioners.
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Presentation at the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research, Hildesheim, Germany, 9-12 September. 
CDN Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy and former CDN intern from Barcelona, Adriana Partal will make a presentation from a recent research project on cultural impact assessment:
Cultural impact assessment: a literature review of current practice around the world
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European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education seminar:
Rethinking cultural evaluation: going beyond the GDP
22 October 2014, Paris, France
CDN's Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy will make a presentation on: Holistic model of outcome evaluation for arts engagement
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VLGMINOne day forum for local government professionals
Beyond festival showcasing:  diversity issues in local cultural development:
 Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.
10 am - 4.00 pm, Thursday 30 October 2014

Planning is underway for the annual Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) Forum. This year the forum will focus on arts and culture themes in partnership with the Cultural Development Network and Multicultural Arts Victoria. Registration and program details will be available soon. Keynote speaker: artist, refugee and human right advocate Arnold Zable.
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United Cities and Local Government Committee for Culture update
National Local Government Cultural Forum selected as key project.
The UCLG Committee for Culture is meeting in Buenos Aires (Argentina) from 29 September to 2 October 2014. 
The main themes of this meeting will be:
• Discussion on the content of the new Agenda 21 for culture. 
• Discussion on the support to cities in the implementation of the new Agenda 21 for culture (2015-2017)
• UCLG Culture Summit 2015
• International Award "UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21"
• Activities of the UCLG Committee on Culture in 2014 and 2015-2017
• Technical visits to cultural projects in Buenos Aires
A public seminar is organised for before the meeting of the Committee (30 September 2014), as an opportunity to connect the cities that work with the Agenda 21 for culture with key actors and organizations of Buenos Aires. 
Email: to register if you are working, or wish to work with the Agenda 21 for culture.

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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.

Creating Australia
Creating Australia is a newly established independent not-for-profit company providing support and leadership for the community arts and cultural development (CACD) sector. Results of the Creating Australia Report are now

Professional Development Activities

Municipal Association of Victoria
Inaugural biennial multicultural policy development conference for local government

9am – 5pm, Friday, 12 September 2014
Werribee Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway
This free one-day MAV event will be hosted by Wyndham City Council. While it is primarily designed for local council managers and officers, participation of interested councillors is most welcome. It is themed around opportunities for intergovernmental, NGO and community sector partnerships. Keynote speaker will be Fatima Shama, the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (via Skype).

Weave Movement Theatre, in Partnership with AAA Presents: A Weekend Intensive Workshop in Inclusive Dance
19 - 21 September 2014
Throughout 2014, Weave Movement Theatre will be delivering a series of inclusive dance workshops, as part of the Professional Development Partnership Project with Arts Access Australia. As well as a number of local sessions held in Melbourne throughout the year, this series will also include a weekend intensive workshop, led by Caroline Bowditch, a dynamic inclusive dance artist from the UK.

Victorian Local Governance Association
Governance by Design #3 Planning Melbourne, Governing Locally

Thursday 25 September, 5.30pm,
Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Mebourne
This event will explore how we plan for Melbourne while governing locally in the context of a raft of planning reforms.The emergence of Plan Melbourne, the new Metropolitan Planning Authority and other planning reforms have prompted renewed debate about how to plan for Melbourne's future.  
23- 26 October 2014
Free event presented by Arts Project Australia in partnership with The University of Melbourne 
An international conference to be held at The University of Melbourne with associated exhibitions, films and events 
at prominent venues across Melbourne. 
Friday, October 31, Melbourne CBD
Early bird price: $225.00 (Save $50 off the full price) before 31 July
Be Informed – Gain insight on funding; social media; audience; and industry trends.
Be Inspired – Connect with industry leading professionals and learn from their successes.
Be Innovative – Learn how to differentiate yourself; progress your career; and overcome today’s key challenges.
The Dax Centre, Symposium promoting emotional healing and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities.19 and 20 September 2014
Exhibition: 15 May–17 October 2014
The Dax Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, University of Melbourne, Genetics Lane off Royal Parade, Parkville
This symposium seeks to explore the role of art in promoting emotional healing and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities.
October 16-19, 2014
Arts & Edges, the Regional Arts Australia Summit, will be hosted by Country Arts WA to showcase regional arts on a national platform from the unique location of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia. Part conference, part festival, all art: the biennial Summit is the largest gathering for the arts community outside of Australia’s capital cities.

Arts Activated Conference 2014
28 - 29 October, 2014, Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney
People with disability have an important role to play in Australia’s arts and culture; this is what makes Arts Activated a valuable meeting place for those passionate about the arts and disability sectors.Keynote speakers: Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Special Projects at Tate Gallery, UK and Jo Verrant, a diversity trainer, consultant and project manager in the UK cultural sector.

RMIT University
Migration and Mobility Research Symposium – Australia and its ‘Others’: Fear and Politics in a Multicultural Nation
Friday, 14 – Saturday, 15 November 2014
This symposium will run over two half-days sessions - Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
RMIT City Campus, The Kaleide Theatre, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne

Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
Friday 5 December – Monday 8 December 2014, Launceston, Tasmania
The 2014 annual conference of the Art Association Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) will take place at the Inveresk Cultural Precinct, Launceston, Tasmania, 5-7 December 2014.

ACSPRI Conference, 7-10 December 2014
The Australian Consortium of Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) will host a conference on the 7th-10th of December, 2014 at The University of Sydney. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum on current and emerging issues in social science methodology nationally and internationally. The is the 4th ACSPRI hosted methods conference. Conferences were held in 2006, 2010 and 2012.
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22nd ENCATC Annual Conference
17-19 September 2014 // Brno, Czech Republic
“New Challenges for the Arts: Is it just about money? Social, aesthetic and economic aspects of arts management in the public and private sectors”.

European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education seminar:
Rethinking cultural evaluation: going beyond the GDP

22 October 2014, Paris, France
CDN's Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy will make a presentation on: Holistic model of outcome evaluation for arts engagement
International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Ottawa, Canada
09 October 2014 to 11 October 2014
STP&A is an interdisciplinary gathering of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and students that explores key trends, practices and policy issues affecting the arts around the world.
ICOM-ICTOP annual conference
Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, Oct. 21-25, 2014.
Rethinking Museums & Sustainable Development for the Global Profession
Postcolonial Museology, Appropriate Capacity Building and Regional Engagement
ENCATC - the leading European network on cultural management and cultural policy education and with support from the ASEF Creative Networks initiative of the Asia-Europe Foundation
International Conference “New Voices, Current Perspectives: Arts Management, Policy and Development in Asia”
Singapore, 13-15 November 2014

Convergence: An International Summit on Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology
The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
27 November 2014 to 30 November 2014
Convergence is an arts summit dedicated to exploring the ways that arts practices intersect with each other and with technology in a complex physical and social ecology.
Call for presentations.
December 19-22 - Tuscany, Italy
"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
The annual multidisciplinary conference brings together performers, practising performing arts academics and artists from all continents. The conference mission is to create the international meeting point for performers and teachers working in various art genres, techniques and forms - theatre, dance, music, visual and multimedia art.
A seminar organised in Paris in partnership with the European Joint Research Centre, UNESCO, and OECD. This event will offer participants the possibility to understand the most recent advancements in the debate on culture as an indicator of well‐being and development. This will follow with a discussion on rethinking how to measure the spill‐over effects of cultural and creative industries and how to evaluate cultural approaches. Invited to attend this one-day seminar are researchers, academics, economists, cultural operators, artists, students, policy makers and the general public interested in this topic.

International Transdisciplinary Conference
Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures: theories, policies, practices
6-8 May, 2015, Helsinki, Finland
This landmark conference that takes place in Helsinki, 6-8 May 2015 explores the roles and meanings of culture in sustainable development. The new ideas generated in the conference will inform and advance understandings of sustainability with cultural studies and practices, and vice versa.
Call for proposals is now open. The deadline for research paper session proposals is 1st October 2014 and for papers and other forms of presentation 5 th December 2014. Please see for further information 
Contributions to the book will be presented as part of the 1st International Research Conference on Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship Training and Education, held from June 10 - 12, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth USA.

New Resources

CDN Pick of the Month

The Australia Council for the Arts launch of their new Strategic Plan, 2014 - 2019 and their vision of a "culturally ambitious nation".
A culturally ambitious nation draws strength from these diversities. It utilises them to expand the dimensions of our creativity. A culturally ambitious nation acknowledges that music, books, theatre, film, paintings, sculpture, dance and a myriad of other art forms are central to our lives. It cherishes its great artists from all regions, and across all practices. Information.
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New Article: 'Australia Council has turned its Grants Program on its head'
by Gina Fairley, Artshub, 19 August 2014.
'They said they’d listened; and yesterday they delivered. The AusCo’s restructured Grants Program is less convoluted but lacks detail. How will it affect you?'.
Creative Partnerships Australia commissioned US arts philanthropy and grants expert, Ben Cameron, to speak at forums held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in May 2014.
August 22, 2014 by: Rex Pannel
A new resource to assist rural, remote and Indigenous local governments improve engagement with their communities has been developed by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government at UTS.

New website: Arts Industry Council (AIC) of Victoria
The Arts Industry Council (Victoria) is an independent voice for the arts in Victoria. It is a membership-based, peak body representing a broad range of Victorian arts organisations and individuals.It advocates for the arts in matters of policy, networking, promotion and assistance to ensure a healthy, sustainable arts sector. Information
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  Spiritous 2015 will grant five projects up to $2000 for development and presentation, plus up to $1000 of in kind on-site venue hire, marketing and production support. An external panel of judges will determine the five successful projects that will be presented at the Abbotsford Convent between January and June 2015. Applications close on Friday 19 September 2014.
Applications are now open for 2015, offering up to $10,000 to individual artists who have completed an accredited creative arts course (Certificate IV or higher) in the past three years and are carving out a career in any of the Australia Council supported artforms. Applications are due by 22 September 2014. 
As part of Tourism Victoria's Events Program, the Country Victoria Events Program (CVEP) provides funding of up to $10,000 per event to assist with event delivery and marketing.

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Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Sharing our Stories
Screening:  Wednesday 10 September, 6pm arrival and talks, 7pm screening.
Kindred Studios, 212A Whitehall Street, Yarraville.
A creative DVD exploring the Indigenous story of Healesville on permanent display at the Healesville Library Community Lin Precinct. Project artists: Mia Rappel and Andrea Werner. Produced by the Healesville Indigenous Community Service Association Inc, Eastern Regional Libraries and Yarra Ranges Council. 

Kopi: Building an Intercultural Understanding of Grief and Loss
Wednesday 17 September, 10am–4pm and
Thursday 18 September, 10am–1pm.
Join artist Maree Clarke and artist and researcher Robyne Latham in an experiential workshop exploring art making for healing within both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal cultures. 
The Dax Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, University of Melbourne, Genetics Lane off Royal Parade, Parkville 
Wednesday 24th September and Monday 29th September
Creeds Farm Living & Learning Centre (2 Snugburgh Way, Epping)
Cost: $25 (includes art materials & snacks). Please bring own lunch.
Program: Painting, drawing, print making, collage, puppetry, 3D construction
The workshops are for people living with disability at home with their family. To book please contact Wild@heART on 9326 9970 or

Melbourne Festival
10-26 October, 2014
Bringing an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists to Melbourne.
A surreal romance of pre-loved proportions
Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop, 87a Grey Street, St Kilda Vic 3182 !
7pm, 24th - 25th September 2014 and 1st - 2nd October 2014
‘The Op Shop Opera’ is an eccentric odyssey of finding love identity in unexpected places.
Inclusive Theatre Company City of Voices brings kooky characters and neglected memories to
life, to find each other and be found. St Kilda’s iconic Grey Street Sacred Heart Mission Op
Shop hosts this hybrid of fairy-tale, surrealism and musical. Opera in a Op Shop, what’s not to

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Victoria's Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2014.  
Nominations for the Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2014 are now open. The Local Government Award recognises major improvements made, or initiatives developed, by a local municipal council that promotes and strengthens multiculturalism and meets the identified needs of that municipality’s culturally, linguistically and/or religiously diverse communities. 

Melbourne Festival Local Artist Card
Applications are now open for the 2014 Melbourne Festival Local Artist Card.
It includes concession priced tickets, rush tickets, special discounts and more.

2014 Fire Awareness Awards
The Fire Awareness Awards have been presented since 1983 and are a collaborative venture between Victoria’s fire agencies – Country Fire Authority (CFA), Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) and Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), supported by the Fire Services Commissioner. Valued media support is provided by Victoria’s emergency broadcaster ABC Local Radio Victoria. Categories cover Community Preparedness and Multicultural Community Groups.
Wednesday 10 Sept - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wyndham Cultural Centre
Come along and meet your arts community, connect, share a drink and your ideas. Groundswell is Wyndham's own quarterly networking event for artists.

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)  
Applications for entry into its Bachelor of Circus Arts and the Certificate III or IV in Circus Arts for 2015. 

From 1 October 2014, NICA will be holding auditions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth for entry into its courses in 2015. Emerging circus artists and those with a desire for a challenge should consider applying. 

City of Greater Dandenong
2015 Heritage Hill and Walker Street Gallery Exhibition and Artist Call Out
Heritage Hill and Walker Street Gallery are currently seeking applications to exhibit in their galleries in 2015.
Heritage Hill are also seeking applications for their 2015 Artist in Residence program.
Jorge de Araujo Photography Workshops
Course 1: Mondays, 7 – 9:30pm, 8 August – 22 September 2014
Course 2: Mondays, 7 – 9:30pm, 6 October – 10 November 2014
Each six-week Photography Course will enable beginners and intermediate photographers to take photographs worth keeping, working from a professional studio environment as well as in everyday scenarios. 

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Jorge de Araujo Photography
Principal photographer is Jorge de Araujo heading up an amazing team of photographers, graphic designers, website designers and retouchers to offer you a complete corporate image.

We have a combined 50 years experience dealing with all aspects of running an association and can assist with big and small tasks, tailored to your budgets… including administration and finance, conferences, events and membership management, bookkeeping, marketing, public relations, human resources or we can become your virtual office. You name it we have someone for you.. And the best thing is we are customer focused and listen to what you need…

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Phone: +61 3 9925 0282 Fax: +61 3 9925 0284
PO Box 48 Carlton South, Victoria 3053, Australia
Level 2, 17-23 Lygon Street (RMIT University Building 96), Carlton South, Victoria, Australia

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