CDN News - July 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, 
State and Federal Government consultations
This month has been a busy one for those interested in contributing to policy and decision-making of government.  The final opportunities for two consultations, Creative Victoria's Creative Industries Strategy and the Senate Inquiry into recent decisions by Federal Arts Minister George Brandis to change arts funding arrangements is today, Friday 17 July. CDN has made a response to both consultations, focussing on the impact on local government and the communities they serve, of the proposed strategy and Senator Brandis' decisions. These responses are available from our website. Many of you have also made your own submissions or contributed to submissions made by MAV.  Last responses must be made by today- more information below.

Place-making and culture research project

Since February, CDN has had the pleasure of hosting Yuji Weisgard, a Masters of Urban Development student from Roskilde University, Denmark.  Throughout his internship at CDN, Yuji has been researching the possible intersections between cultural and urban development. Drawing on concepts of place and place-making, Yuji is looking at case studies from Melbourne and Copenhagen and used the assessment framework CDN is devising to evaluate cultural initiatives within several value domains. His final report suggests how, by approaching cultural initiatives as places and a planning process as a place-making process, the two fields of cultural and urban development do intersect. 

The project also invites us to consider how proper assessment of cultural initiatives could benefit planning processes. Yuji's research will be presented at the conference 'Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century"  being organised by our colleagues at RMIT, between 31 Aug-2 Sep. The conference will explore themes from all areas of regional analysis, especially those focussed on Australasia. A focus will be research that explore the ‘cultural’ dimension of change, as reflected in emerging approaches to addressing change by local governments across the world. 

Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy, Lyndall Metzke, Leda Yazgin, Yuji Weisgard and Amy Stevenson.
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Cultural Development Network's activities

Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference: 
Rethinking the Region & Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges & Opportunities for the 21st Century.  August 31 to September 2 in RMIT's stunning Building 80.
CDN is also working with colleagues at RMIT to present this conference. Conference themes include:
  • Regions at the end of the mining boom;
  • Governance and the regions;
  • The institutional determinants of growth and development;
  • First nations – Maori and Indigenous Australians – and the regions;
  • Housing, social services and infrastructure;
  • Measuring wellbeing, happiness and progress at the regional scale;
  • Ecological Sustainability;
  • Climate Change and the Future of Regional Systems;
  • Regions and the Global Financial Crisis;
  • City Regions in Australasia and other  parts of the globe; and,
  • Achieving local economic growth.
CDN's contribution is to encourage proposals about the ‘cultural’ dimension of change, especially in relation to local government.

More information here.  

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  Arts Information Exchange

If you have a question on anything in the arts or you think you can provide good advice about the arts, then the Castanet Arts Information Exchange is now here for you!  Seek answers to your questions, anonymously, or step forward and join as an Advisor to provide that extra service to your local community or tackle the questions from far and wide. This service has a full FAQ section and is open now at:

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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Creative Industries Strategy- have your say: closing Friday 17 July

The development of Victoria’s first creative industries strategy is underway with the release of the discussion paper Let’s get creative about Victoria’s future. Now it’s time to have your say. The Victorian Government is seeking your thoughts and ideas. The discussion paper covers a range of themes, from fostering creative excellence; to cultivating skills, entrepreneurship; supporting Aboriginal arts and culture; and harnessing the opportunities of digital technology. You are encouraged to be bold, ambitious and creative in your response.

How to get involved: 

Find out more and have your say
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Senate Inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts

This inquiry investigates recent decisions by the Federal Arts Minister George Brandis to establish a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, to be administered by the Ministry for the Arts, funded by $104 million formerly distributed by the Australia Council for the Arts. Submissions invited until 17 July.  

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Professional Development Activities

Webinar: The Impact of the Arts in Regional Australia
17 July, 11-11.45am AEST 
Stats and Stories: The impact of Arts in Regional Australia is a research project undertaken through the Business School at Deakin University, funded by Regional Arts Australia and the Australian Councils for the Arts. Information

Discussion: Aboriginal Cultural Rights: a human rights framework
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
How far has Australia come in recognising and protecting the cultural rights of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and what standards and instruments do we need to implement fundamental rights for them?
Join us for a discussion that moves beyond affirmation and into action. 

Public Sector Writing Seminar: Learning from the Best  22nd July 2015
 IPAA Victoria presents a line-up of experts with unique perspectives on how to improve the quality of public sector writing.​ Information

Conference  Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts Conference 
Thursday 23 July to Sunday 26 July 2015 inclusive,
Australian Catholic University, Strathfield NSW 2135
How can literature and the arts make the sacred tangible?
'Grounding the Sacred' is the third in a series of conferences presented by The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA), a community of interest that brings Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious and members of the general public together to explore the interplay between the arts and the sacred.  

'Past and Present' Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management three-day Workshops
Little Desert Nature Lodge (Nhill) from 18-20 August;
La Trobe University (Bundoora) from 15-17 of September
The Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (OAAV) in partnership with La Trobe University (LTU) presents an innovative and exciting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Training Program (ACHMTP). The ACHMTP is a tiered suite of training beginning with a three-day introductory workshop. Tailored for individuals involved in community based cultural heritage management the workshops provide practical skills and knowledge for all people involved in Aboriginal cultural heritage management.


Program: Cultural Evaluation; an executive education program
20-21 August, University of Melbourne, Parkville
The Faculty of Arts together with the Research Unit in Public Cultures at The University of Melbourne presents ‘Cultural Evaluation’; an executive education program specially designed for community cultural development staff in local government. This two-day intensive course evaluates the impact of governmental policies and programs, offering participants effective strategies for implementing a variety of approaches to cultural evaluation methods. Each session will involve a presentation followed by a workshop and group activity based on participants’ own policies and programs.

International Event
Celebrating Creative Aging
25-27 August, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Opera House
Inspiring innovative and inspiring ideas about aging creatively
Info and Bookings

The 2015 Indigenous Men and Indigenous Women's Conference,
12-14 September, Darwin
Inspired by the hugely successful staging of last year's Indigenous Conferences in Cairns, the 2015 Indigenous Men's and Indigenous Women's Conferences will be held in Darwin on 12-14 Sep 2015. Papers are also being called for the Indigenous Board of Directors Conference scheduled for 19-21 October.

The Inaugural Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum
Tuesday 15 September, Melbourne Museum
The Forum will consist of a morning plenary session, three parallel sessions, and conclude with a panel discussion.
Bookings are now open with registration starting at $75 for students.  Info and Bookings

Festival Forums
Melbourne Fringe - Forums, 16 Sep-4th Oct 2015
Responding to the needs of emerging artists and producers with an open access Forum Program that explores ‘hard’ presentation skills, such as partnership development, accessibility, writing skills, media liaising, accessibility, touring and network building.
Call for Papers
Public Pedagogies Conference November 12 and 13, 2015, Submissions due: October 5th, 2015 
The Public Pedagogies Institute invites contributions from all who have an interest in learning and teaching beyond school and university classrooms.
The Institute has developed following the 2014 Public Pedagogies Day at Victoria University and has drawn together people from a range of disciplines and locations locally and globally. This year’s conference is co-sponsored by Victoria and Deakin University.
Topics may include: arts, community engagement, social pedagogy, public history; public institutions like museums, libraries; neighbourhood  houses, community centres; practice, research and evaluation in public pedagogies.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute presentations should be submitted along with a 100 word biographical note to by 5th October 2015.
More information

Rights of Culture: a Conversation about Indigenous Freedom
Monday 12th October, Canberra
80 Indigenous and non-indigenous CACD practitioners, philanthropists and business representatives will attend the Rights of Culture Summit in Parliament House, Canberra. Hosted by Creating Australia the forum will create a conversation around indigenous knowledge and community arts and culture development. Through a series of provocations, group discussions and collaborative learning the forum aims to build a contemporary archive of cultural knowledge to strengthen artistic practice. 

17th Biennial Copyright Law and Practice Symposium (Early Bird Pricing available until the 2nd August, 2015)
22-23 October, National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour
Key themes include:
  • The copyright policy agenda in Australia, Europe & North America
  • What is happening at WIPO
  • Copyright industries and digital disruption
  • Recent case law and issues for practitioners

Conversation and Debate
Art Access Presents: Meeting Place 2015: Real-Distinctive-Brilliant
Leading arts and disability conversation and debate
Friday 23 October 2015, The Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
Meeting Place 2015 brings people interested in arts and disability together to generate real conversations, explore the distinctive nature of the sector and share brilliant artistic work.

7th International Arts & Health Conference
17-19 November, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Conference Theme: The Arts, Mental Health and Resilience 
Call for Papers now open until 31 July 2015
Conference Registrations open 29 June 2015

Movement Makers Forum 2015, as part of the Big West Festival
Friday November 20, 2015, Footscray Community Arts Centre
Sharing journeys and discussions, about the importance and impact of youth arts in our community. How are we supporting young people, to have opportunities to develop their own creative and cultural identities in the changing face of Australia?
More information

Arts Learning Forum 2015
25-27 November 2015, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
The Arts Learning Forum will be an annual three-day event for arts professionals with a role or interest in arts education, learning or engagement across all artforms, ages and communities. The Forum will include workshops, panels, discussions, keynote provocations and resources across the breadth of the arts and cultural sector. 
State of Australian Cities national conference
9-11 December, 2015, Gold Coast, Queensland
The conference has always been committed to maintaining the highest standards of scholarship in the work presented and to fostering productive dialogue between academic researchers, policy makers and other urban practitioners. 

41st Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts
Adelaide, Australia, December 10 - 12 2015
Arts and Culture: Building Capabilities and Creating Value
The 41st International Conference of Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) will for the first time be held in the Asia Pacific region in December 2015. The conference will be held at the University of South Australia in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.


The 7th International Summer School in Cultural Economics on Value of Culture 
August 25 - 29, at Impact Hub, in Amsterdam. 
This course introduces a cultural-economic perspective into the process of valuation and valorization of culture and the arts.

Six Day Course in Place-Based Cultural Tourism led by Steven Thorne
21-26 September 2015, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Colombia
This course offers marketing tools and development strategies with a special emphasis placed on theory and practice of 'place-based' cultural tourism in the context of destination planning. Offered as an accredited or non-accredited course on-campus. 

Museums Galleries Scotland Conference 2015
Museums and Galleries Scotland, 22 September 2015
MGS has issued a call for papers for our conference on 22 October 2015. “Fighting Fit: Ready for Anything” will focus on developing the long-term resilience of the museum sector in facing challenging funding and political environments

Arts Council, England: No Boundaries 
29-30 Sept 2015, Home Manchester and Watershed Bristol, UK
Following the huge success of No Boundaries 2014, the two-day arts and culture sector conference will return in 2015. Live-linked across two cities and streamed online, No Boundaries 2015 will spark debate, ask challenging questions and present some world-class speakers. 

Bite the Big Apple! New York Arts & Cultural Management Tour
October 5 to 9, 2015
A unique professional development opportunity for Australian arts professionals. Be part of this extraordinary program! Link with New York's arts leaders while experiencing one of the world's most dynamic arts & culturally diverse cities!

23rd ENCATC Annual Conference
 21-23 October 2015, Lecce, Italy 
Three days of plenary sessions with renowned keynote speakers, the 6th Annual ENCATC Research Session, cultural seminars with expert panel discussions, study visits, a rich cultural programme, and many networking opportunities.

European Capital of Culture Conference
Cultural Mapping: Debating Cultural Spaces and Places conference
22nd & 23rd October 2015, Malta
Registration Now Open for this conference that is apart of a series of annual conferences exploring aspects of cultural relations in Europe and the Mediterranean. 

Museums Galleries Scotland Conference 2015, Museums and Galleries Scotland, 22 October 2015
“Fighting Fit: Ready for Anything” will focus on developing the long-term resilience of the museum sector in facing challenging funding and political environments.

International Conference
RE-DO, a conference on sustainability and culture's role in sustainable futures.
28-31 October 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark at MOMU (Moesgaard Museum)
RE-DO is the second of a series of conferences organised by Aarhus University in cooperation with Aarhus 2017 (Aarhus Capital of Culture in 2017). The conference invites academics, practitioners, artists and activists to take part in the dialogue about sustainable cultures.

2015 International Symposium on Cultural Trajectories: Cultural Governance, What’s Next?
November 13th (at the International Conference Hall) to November 15th (at Taipei Artist Village) 2015.
Organised by ENCATC member, the Graduate School of Arts Management and Cultural Policy at National Taiwan University of Arts, this event is also co-organised by ENCATC and the Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Study.

International Conference
International Performing Arts Conference
December 17 - 21, Austria
The conference offers a wonderful chance for performers, performing arts educators and teachers to demonstrate their methods and techniques to the international audience.  The conference working language is English.

The University of British Columbia: Cultural Planning and Development Courses
Around the world, cultural, urban and municipal planners bring vibrancy to communities in the form of arts, culture, and creative expression. Many regions have embraced cultural development as a key strategy to promote sustainable growth and urban engagement. These courses and workshops leverage the strengths of international leaders in cultural planning and development to offer a global perspective, along with the training and support required for a career in this growing field.

New Resources

CDN Pick of the Month

New Print Resource
Cultural Mapping as Cultural Enquiry (Routledge), edited by Nancy Duxbury, W.F. Garrett-Petts, and David MacLennan, is now in print!  
This book address these themes, drawing on examples from Australia, Canada, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Ukraine. Contributors explore innovative ways to encourage urban and cultural planning, community development, artistic intervention, and public participation in cultural mapping—recognizing that public involvement and artistic practices introduce a range of challenges spanning various phases of the research process, from the gathering of data, to interpreting data, to presenting "findings" to a broad range of audiences.
Read more
New Film
Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe
The ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’ project by Wind and Sky Productions, explores how 19th century European settlers depended on Aboriginal navigators and canoe builders to transport goods, mail and people on the rivers of remote colonial Victoria. This film and multimedia project includes artwork from the regional collections of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Ballarat Gold Museum, as well as photographs, artwork and maps from the collections of the State Library of Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria and Museum Victoria. While it is very much a story of Central and Western Victoria the content covers the river systems of Victoria from the Murray to the coast.
Read more

New Book
Arts and Cultural Leadership in Asia, Josephine Caust, University of Melbourne
This book presents a range of case studies of arts and cultural leadership across a large number of Asian countries. Besides examining different cultural frameworks and contexts, the book considers different cultural approaches to leadership, discusses external challenges and entrepreneurialism, and explores how politics can have a profound impact. Throughout, the book covers different art forms, and different sorts of arts and cultural organizations.
Read more

New Interactive Resource
Building Social Cohesion in Our Communities
The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) at the University of Technology, Sydney has recently developed a new online resource for local government which provides the sector with a practical approach to develop strong, socially cohesive communities.This interactive resource, is the first sector-specific resource to focus on social cohesion, supported by a strong evidence-base of current, validated research and local government case studies. It was developed for the Australian Human Rights Commission under the National Anti-Racism Strategy.
Read more

New Article
‘Pipe Dreams’ Public Art Commission to grace Pipemakers Park
Renowned Australian artist Matthew Harding is the successful artist selected for Maribyrnong City Council’s latest $170,000 Public Art Commission.  He will install his public art piece ‘Pipe Dreams’ at Thompson Reserve, the entrance to Pipemakers Park in Maribyrnong. Matthew Harding’s concept was inspired by the industrial heritage of the site.  It also references the energy and flow of the iconic Maribyrnong River and symbolises hopes and aspirations of the local community.
Read more

Conference Resources and Final Publication
All the material related to the Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures conference (Helsinki, 6-8 May 2015) is now available at the conference website including: 
Streamed plenary sessions with the keynote speeches, students' reflections from the conference, a list of abstracts, list of participants and the final publication of the COST Action IS 1007 “Culture in, as and for Sustainable Development” and the Executive Summary.
Read more


New Issue
"Cultural Diplomacy – Beyond the National Interest?" from International Journal on Cultural Policy edited by Raj Isar. Notable in that it looks at other countries outside of US and UK and beyond state driven examples. 
More information

Funding Update
Regional Arts Fund, Round 1

Round 1, 2015 closed in March and the successful projects from this round will commence after 1 July 2015.
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund applications for Round 1, 2015 have been assessed and recommendations have now been sent to the Minister for the Arts George Brandis for final assessment and approval. When Regional Arts Victoria is notified of the results, all applicants to the fund will be contacted.

Applications Now Open
Moreland Celebrating Place Grants. Applications Close 17 July

Grant applications for festivals and events taking place between September 2015 and June 2016 are now being accepted. These grants provide financial support for community groups to organise an event or celebration that connects people in new and interesting ways and enriches the social life of Moreland's community.

Applications Now Open
Maribynong is now seeking applications from organisations wishing to present festivals that promote the city as a cosmopolitan municipality celebrating both the diversity and shared experiences of our communities. Please ensure you read the Festival City Grants guidelines prior to starting your online Smarty Grants application.

EOI Now Open
Signal EOI Program Now Open 
EOI closes: 5pm 20 July 2015
Signal’s Expression of Interest (EOI) Program provides an opportunity for artists and arts organisations to propose new projects to undertake at Signal as part of its creative arts program for young people. New ideas and proposals are welcome from artists and organisations of all disciplines for projects that engage young people 13 to 25 years. Signal welcomes proposals from young artists 18 years plus. Indigenous artists and artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.The Signal EOI Program supports artist fees and material expenses up to $15,000.

Applications Now Open
Yarra City Council- Annual Grants 2016. Applications close 27 July
Grants for financial and in-kind support are now being offered to the not-for-profit sector in Yarra. These grants aim to support community initiatives and projects in 2016 that seek to enhance the health and wellbeing of residences and encourage participation in cultural life within Yarra.

Applications Now Open

Arts Atlas Geelong - Community Arts and Festivals Grants Program, Applications Close 31 July

The 2015-2016 round of the Community Arts and Festivals Grants Program will open on Wednesday 1st July 2015 and offers community groups or organisations grants of up to $6,000 for arts projects and festivals. Potential applicants are required to attend one of the Info Sessions held in June each year, before applying.

Applications Open
The SEED 2015 Funding Round, Closing 31st July
In 2015 The Seed Fund enters its 11th year and continues to support emerging musicians, artists and arts workers via two direct grant categories, one workshop and three community-based initiatives. Professional Management Support/Grants of up to $5000

NAVA - Australian Artists' Grant, Applications close 15 August 
This grant provides assistance towards the costs of public presentation for professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $500 + GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,000 + GST with projects and exhibitions taking place from Nov-Jan 2016.

Call for Submissions
ASEF Creative Networks (3rd Edition) and Creative Encounters (5th edition) Call for Submission, Deadline 15 August

ASEF Creative Networks encourages collaborations among networks in order to reinforce the dialogue between cultural professionals from Asia and Europe. Multilateral projects that engage as many partners and participants as possible from the 51 ASEM member countries and which favour effective, long-term cooperation are particularly encouraged.

Applications Open
Regional Arts Fund, Round 2, Applications close 17 August
The second round of the Project and Skills Development Grants is now open.  Applications submitted for this round must be for projects that start after 1 January 2016.
More information about the 
Regional Arts Fund can be found on the Regional Arts Victoria website.

Applications Now Open

Providing opportunities for professional artists to work with young people in Victorian primary and secondary schools. Up to $10,000 in funding available for schools to work with artists for approximately 20 days. All art forms welcome.

Match -Funding
Creative Partnerships Australia
  MATCH 2015 program 
Providing dollar-for-dollar matched funding of up to $10,000 for private sector crowdfunding campaigns in support of arts project initiated in Australia, including international collaborations. An effective incentive for leveraging private sector support to the arts while supporting artists to identify and secure private sector support and build a sustainable arts practice.

EOI Now Open
Arts House Now Inviting EOI

Arts House invite proposals for their presentation program all year round. The program is curated with EOIs being considered alongside Arts House produced and co-presented projects. Support up to the value of $30,000 is available.


Grant Opportunity
PPCA - Performers' Trust Foundation Grants
No closing date

The PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the performing arts. Grants of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for groups can be used to fund costs such as: tuition fees, travel costs, accommodation and venue and PA hire.


Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Festival City with ACAPTA presents Footscray’s first ever Circus Out West, winter circus festival.
8 July – 11 July 2015, Bluestone Church Arts Space, 10A Hyde Street, Footscray
Escape the winter chill during the July school holidays and head to the Bluestone Church Arts Space for some family friendly fun these school holidays. Circus Out West features a program of five award-winning, family friendly shows.
More information

Rare Book Collection Tour, Thursday 16 July 3pm-4.30pm, Melbourne Museum
Celebrate Melbourne Rare Book Week with a tour of Museum Victoria's fascinating rare book collection. A selection of stunning rare books will be on display and Hayley Webster, Library Manager, will give special insights into the history of the collection.

Festival event
Ballarat Laneway: Local and Live, 17 July- 2 August 2015
Offering an enlivening and literally enlightening experience promising light installations, live music performances and street performance art as part of the 2015 Ballarat Winterlude Festival.

Bastille Day French Festival
18-19 July, State Library Victoria
The festival will bring a taste of all things French to Melbourne, including a selection of the best French food and wine as well as entertainment and children activities.


Upcoming Talk
The Soul of the Nation? 

Monday 20 July 2015, 6pm, the Australian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne
What does a National Portrait Gallery do that other art museums don’t do, and what distinguishes ours from much older sibling institutions abroad?

Special Industry Event
Victorian Museum Awards , Thursday 6 August, NGV International
Celebrate the wonderful achievements of the Victorian museum and gallery sector. The Victorian Museum Awards recognise outstanding achievements and service in the museum, gallery, and collecting sector. Generously supported by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Film Festival

The 2015 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
14-27 August 2015
This annual celebration of Indian cinema, aims to represent the rich diversity of Indian cinema, from the subcontinent and the diaspora, with an exciting curation of Bollywood, arthouse and documentary films. Our theme for 2015 is ‘Equality’, and through our diverse program of more than 55 films, and panels and masterclasses, we are striving to showcase and explore examples of gender, sexuality and ability within film. Tickets on sale now.
More information

India Day 2015, 15th August, Werribee Racecourse
Experience an Indian cultural and culinary extravaganza; from flag holstering to an Australian-Indian friendship parade, the event will have cultural, musical and culinary delights.

Melbourne Fringe Festival, 16 September- 4th October
Celebrate this unique event with more than 3400 independent artists displaying their finest work across 150 venues around Melbourne. A showcase of visual arts, music and film.

Melbourne International Arts Festival, 8-25th October 2015
Celebrating its 30th festival in Melbourne, this flagship cultural event provides an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, circus, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists.

Creative Workshops
Creative Saturdays
Saturdays 1-5pm. Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, 2 Snugburgh Way, Epping North, $10 per week. Fully accessible weekly arts workshops - a respite activity for people with disability living at home with their family.
For info and to register contact: 9326 9970 or 

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


Entries invited  The 2015 VicHealth Awards 
Celebrating great projects that make our communities happier and healthier places. Entries are invited from state and local governments, health agencies, non-government, not-for-profit and private sector organisations who lead Victorian health promotion projects.
Entries close 14 August
More information

Calling all cross-disciplinary researchers!: Art, Culture and Housing, Public Health and Safety
Submissions due 6 August 2015
 ArtPlace's second open call for research consultants. We currently seek to commission three field scans that document and explore the relationship between arts and culture and the following community development sectors: Housing, Public Health, and Public Safety. Information

Be apart of the Hive Exhibition Working Group
The City of Greater Dandenong is looking for members of the local arts community to join a working group that will work in partnership with Council officers to design, develop and deliver the first ever Hive members exhibition. An opportunity to learn about all the ins and outs when preparing for an exhibition. From developing exhibition criteria, designing promotional material through to receiving and registering the artworks, you will be part of it all!
Applications close on Thursday 2 July.
More information

Applications Now Open
Darebin Arts - Speakeasy 2016, Applications close 15 July
Now looking to program the 3rd season of Comedy Festival performances at the Northcote Town Hall. Submissions from stand up comedy, cabaret, spoken word, contemporary performances and children’s works all welcome. The Speakeasy Performance Development Program is also open to submissions. Providing opportunities for professional development including  mentoring opportunities, materials and  studio rehearsal space.

Employment Opportunity
Cultural Development Program Officer, Greater Shepparton City Council
Permanent Part time Salary:  $59,993.44 pro-rata
Closing date for applications: 17 July
More information

Employment Opportunity
Manager, Lighthouse Theatre Warrnambool City Council
Full time: $84,431-$94,270
Closing date for applications: 17 July
More information

Call for collaboration

Promote your Music Event or Festival with PBS Community Radio
PBS welcome partnerships with local councils and those in the music sector to promote music-related events and festivals throughout the year. They encourage those wanting to promote their events to make contact.
Con Pagonis

Call out to Schools, Councils, Community Venues and Disability Groups
Host a film as Part of the Access All Areas Film Festival
Run by award-winning non-profit company The Festivalists, the Access All Areas Film Festival is a free film festival that aims to promote awareness about accessible cinema, for people with and without disability alike. Featuring 80+ screenings at accessible cinemas, schools, community centres and disability groups.


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. New projects about to begin are also welcome. Abstracts in the Research in the Field section are 500 words or less, so these are a great way to highlight upcoming journal articles, upcoming presentations or posters at conferences, or projects under development.
Develop your business skills
Business Festival, Victoria, 1-31 August 2015  (State Wide)
Providing ideas and information to people who are starting or growing their business. Over 350 events, workshops and seminars across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Expression of Interest
Accessible Arts, Australia's Inaugural Arts + Disability Expo
18 and 19 September 2015, Carriageworks, Sydney.
This Expo has already obtained the Lifetime Care And Support Authority as its Key Partner, and now offers the opportunity for other organisations and groups within the arts and disability sector to directly connect with their market.
More information will be available in the coming months.

Applications Now Open
Box Hill Community Arts Centre 2016 Residency, Closing 25 September
Box Hill Community Arts Centre is now accepting applications for its 2016 Artist in Residence Program. Applications will be accepted from both local and international artists. Artists can nominate the duration of the residency being from 1 – 12 months from January - December 2016.

Survey Open
Last chance to have your say on NAVA Connect
Share your thoughts on NAVA Connect, our online professional development program, and also find out the types of courses and programs NAVA members and art professionals are interested in.
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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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