CDN News - February 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, 

Welcome to 2014. Things are up and running again here at CDN. As well as preparing for the National Local Government Cultural Forum meeting in Brisbane in March, we are also looking ahead to the Cultural Planning Forums to be held in a number of regional towns across Victoria between March and July 2014. We're also pleased to be working with Arts Victoria to lead a discussion on cultural indicators in a public forum on March 13th. This month's article by Eli Newton features Boroondara's Council's new Hawthorn Arts Centre.   CDN also welcomes Leda Yazgin as the newest member of our team, in two roles as Event Coordinator and Research Assistant. 

Public Forum:  Vital Signs: cultural indicators for Australia: local and national approaches, 9.30 am - 1.00 pm, Thurs 13 March, 2014
Storey Hall Conference Room, Level 7, RMIT University, 342 Swanston St, Melbourne

Cultural data - what to measure and how to measure it? This event is an opportunity for the cultural sector to share information about the collection and use of data. Speakers will present on current and new initiatives in this area followed by a discussion about the needs and concerns of the sector. The forum will also be an opportunity to give feedback on Vital Signs, the national suite of cultural indicators, as part of a national consultation process. Suitable for policy makers, arts practitioners, cultural and government researchers and funders, this forum is free but registration is essential.  Speakers will include: Judy Morton, Manager Research, Arts Victoria; John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network; Andrew Middleton, Director, Culture, Recreation and Migration Statistics, ABS.  
Program details Registration:  *morning tea and light lunch provided.*
Program enquiries: Judy Morton, Arts Victoria- enquiries: Leda Yazgin- or 61 3 9925 0282. 

Cultural planning forums across Victoria:  April-July 2014
Locations: Melbourne, Camperdown, Kerang, Seymour, Morwell.

CDN, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of the Municipal Association of Victoria, will lead a series of three forums on cultural planning between April and July in central Melbourne (Melbourne City Council) and each of four regional locations: Camperdown (Corangamite Shire Council); Kerang (Gannawarra Shire Council); Seymour (Mitchell Shire Council) and Morwell (Latrobe City Council).  All forums run from 9:30am – 4:30pm.
The format will include presentations, group discussion, case studies and information about resources.  
• Learn how to consult, research, develop, implement and evaluate your cultural plan.
• Develop skills in use of national, state and local data to inform your planning. 
• Share knowledge and ideas with councils in your region. 
• Link in to worldwide networks and resources on culture and planning.
• Consider your own council’s plan in the light of a shared statewide approach.
Forum Facilitators: John Smithies, Director, and Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, the Cultural Development Network, Victoria, with contributions from local professionals in each location. 
The forums are tailored to local government staff involved in developing and implementing cultural plans.  We recommend that participants attend all forums as they are an interlinked sequence.Cost: $65 each forum,  $180 for series of three. Register here. Download the flyer here.
Feature article: 

'Hawthorn Town Hall re-emerges as the Hawthorn Arts Centre, heralding a new era of arts and culture in Melbourne's East', by Eli Newton, Coordinator, Programming and Development, Hawthorn Arts Centre
On 1 October 2013, Melbourne’s newest arts centre opened its doors.  After 18 months of redevelopment, the former Hawthorn Town Hall was reopened as the Hawthorn Arts Centre.  The new Hawthorn Arts Centre is the City of Boroondara’s flagship arts venue and exists alongside the municipality’s other established cultural facilities, Town Hall Gallery and Kew Court House. Read more 

Regards from the CDN team: John Smithies, Kim Dunphy, Lyndall Metzke and Leda Yazgin.

Cultural Development Policy Issues

International Award: United Cties and Local Government: Culture as a dimension of sustainable development. 
Deadline for submission 31st March 2014.  
This award recognizes leading cities and people who have distinguished themselves through their contribution to culture as a dimension of sustainable development.  We encourage yo to nominate your council or people you know who have made a significant contribution.

The National Local Government Cultural ForumReport from second meeting, October 2013, Perth, Western Australia

The Cultural Forum is a meeting of cultural policy and planning representatives from Australia’s capital cities, local government associations, the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. The second meeting of the Cultural Forum endorsed its Terms of Reference that begins with the objective to increase the capacity of local government to strengthen the arts and cultural development in their communities. The meeting also decided the group's activity for the coming year. To be led by CDN, this will prioritise the development of a process of data collection for local government cultural development across the nation. More information CDN Website.

Report: Data from all Victorian councils about Cultural planning practices in local government 
Findings from the desk research project about all councils across Victoria: what their website says about their cultural planning, where their Arts and Culture Department is located in their council, links from the Cultural Plan to Council or other plans, use of indicators and targets in published documents, and much more!  Download Cultural Planning Table for Victorian Local Councils.

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 to do with 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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Professional Development Activities

Growing and Developing Arts Organisations: Workshops
Castanet, City of Port Phillip, Arts Victoria and presented by Foresters Community Finance
10.15am -1.15pm, 26 February, Grainger Room, Arts Victoria and 19 March 2014, City of Port Phillip Council Chamber, St Kilda Town Hall

An interactive & educational workshop designed to inform discussion on: investing in cultural assets, developing new income streams, expanding on mission through enterprise, and the role of community finance in assisting arts organisations to strengthen and grow.
Guest Speaker Jeph Neale will be sharing Artery Co-operative’s experience on the journey towards strengthening and growing the organisation.
Who Should attend: Managers, CEO’s, and Board members of arts organisations in Victoria
Community Arts and Cultural Development, Certificate IV3rd February to 28 November 2014 
Hosted by Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW,  St George School of Fine Arts. 
In 2014 the Certificate IV in Arts Administration - Community Arts & Culture Development will be offered as an online course for artists, community workers, creative producers and cultural practitioners who are keen to develop professional practice and knowledge in this field. 

Regional Arts Victoria: Learn the secrets of successful arts business!
Day 1 - 29 March, Day 2 - 30 March
Latrobe University, 210 Fryers Street Shepparton
John Paul Fischbach, CEO and founder of the Auspicious Arts Incubator, has helped hundreds of artists and arts organisations learn the business and marketing skills that have made it possible for them to thrive and in this workshop he will share his secrets with you!
IETM (International Network for Contemporary  Performing Arts) Asian Satellite Meeting
Organised by the Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with Next Wave and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Melbourne 12 – 14 May 2014
May 10-11 Next Wave Festival & 15-16 Post-Satellite Sydney Visit
A full programme of discussions as well as performances from cutting edge Asian and Australian artists curated as part of the Next Wave Festival
The Second International Teaching Artist Conference, 1-3 July, 2014 Brisbane
Call for participation for community artists, community cultural development workers, artist-in-residences.
Co-hosted by the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and in association with QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival for Children 2014. 
Friday, 25 July – Saturday, 26 July, 2014
The Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Bell Street, Preston
Featuring keynote speaker Sr Agio Pereira, Minister of State and President of the Council of Ministers. Other speakers include representatives of Timor-Leste and Australian government and civil society organisations and friendship groups.
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.
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Forum d'Avignon: 'The City as Cultural Ecosystem
5-8 March, 2014 Bilbao, Basque, Spain
One of Europe’s most important cultural debate. Featuring international experts in art, architecture, politics and entrepreneurships.

Trans Europe Halles, Melkweg & P60: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be Conference, 2-6 April 2014
Three-day, interdisciplinary working conference on new culture strategies. The programme offers thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops, in depth masterclasses and think tanks, all with an international character.
Call For Papers on “Festivals: audience, funding and sustainability”
International Meeting Point for Cultural Managers
3, 4 April 2014 – Barcelona, Spain
LOOP with the University of Barcelona presents the second edition of LOOP Studies, International Meeting Point for Cultural Managers.

IUGTE International Lab  for Dancers, Choreographers, Physical Theatre and Contemporary Circus Performers
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania January 13 - March 3, 2014
Become the part of the multidisciplinary international artistic team - actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, filmmakers, producers, and take part in the practical creative process together with Russian professional actors at the Russian theatre. 

Refugee Studies Centre International Conference – Refugee voices 
24-25 March, 2014
St Anne's College, Oxford, England
The Refugee Studies Centre’s international conference will explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised by the pre-eminence of the nation state.

28-30 May 2014, Coimbra, Portugal

ACEI 18th International Conference on Cultural Economics
June 24-27, 2014
École des sciences de la gestion de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG-UQAM) in Montreal, Canada.
The International Conference will feature a program of invited plenary sessions grouped around the theme of
Connecting Conversations.

2014 The Arts in Society Conference, call for papers
25-27 June 2014
, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

8–9 August 2014, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
International conference and workshop on "Reflections on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place".

8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research
9-12 September 2014, University of Hildesheim, Germany
Providing a space for exploring cultural policies, their meanings, roles and impact in an interdisciplinary and international environment. 

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.

New Resources

Inaugural World Culture Forum, Bali, Indonesia, November 2013
The World Culture Forum (WCF) was the first in a series of international forums to take place in the region with the aim of creating a permanent space to challenge established thinking and identify solutions for embedding culture as part of sustainable development. The forum follows hot on the heels of the UN's Creative Economy report, which outlines the extent that cultural and creative industries boost the global economy.

6th World Summit on Arts and Culture, Santiago de Chile, January 2014
Download presentations including: Multiple Scenarios of Culture: Dilemmas in the Inclusion and Exclusion of Symbolic Representations; Technologies for creative expression and Culture and context: the Maori experience; Honouring our past to develop our future.

UN Report: Creative economy key to inclusive development in the post-2015 development agenda.
New York, 10 December 2013 
The presentation of the Creative Economy Report 2013, Special Edition, in New York provides a menu of options and analysis of practical choices for local leaders to support cultural and creative industries in the pursuit of more inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth, leading to the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era.

New report: Refugee Council of Australia: “Refugee Welcome Zones: Local Councils building a culture of welcome for refugees”
December 2013
Refugee Welcome Zones show local communities can make a difference.Australia’s local government authorities are playing an important role in exercising positive leadership on refugee issues, a Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) research paper has found.
Partnership Movement / Americans for the Arts , January 2014, USA
The BCA Survey of Business Support for the Arts is the nation’s largest survey of its kind, delving beyond pure numbers into the motivations behind and goals of business partnerships with the arts.

New article: Steven Thorne: Place-based cultural tourism. Interview by Tarryn Landman, December 20, 2013

enewsletter: The Arts in Society , January 2014 
Common Ground Publishing, USA produces a short enewsletter every month featuring new books, resources and conferences. The January issue contains information about Common Ground e-learning modules.
By Dave O'Brien. Routledge, 2013, 168 pages, ISBN: 978-0-415-81759-2
Contemporary society is complex; governed and administered by a range of contradictory policies, practices and techniques. Nowhere are these contradictions more keenly felt than in cultural policy. This book uses insights from a range of disciplines to aid the reader in understanding contemporary cultural policy.
New paper: Whose Place, Sustaining Cultural Conversations
This paper presents an analysis of placemaking on the Gold Coast, providing insights from cultural practitioners, industry leaders, cultural workers, the community-at-large and in particular the emergence of a cultural voice that is developing via artist-run spaces involving joint collaborations between the academy and the community.
Paul Owens and others, World Cities Culture Forum, 14 November 2013
Commissioned by the Mayor of London in partnership the other cities signed up to the World Cities Culture Forum, this report contains information and data on 22 cities, encompassing formal cultural activity, such as museums, galleries and concert halls, and informal activity such as outdoors arts and festivals, and bars and restaurants.
Asialink, 03 December 2013
This report uses data and case studies to identify and highlight key Victorian stakeholders, artists and arts organisations engaging in cultural exchange activities with artists and arts organisations in the Asian region.
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The Australia Council of the Arts is delighted to announce two significant new, professional development leadership grants open to the Australian arts sector. These two grants, one for Executive Leadership Development and one for Artistic Leadership Development,  are open to a broad range of individuals and leadership groups in the arts sector, with applications closing 24 February 2014.

Australia Council for the Arts information sessions about the new Artists with Disability Program.
The Australia Council recently announced a new Artists with Disability Program, to enable artists with disability to create, development, present, produce, exhibit and tour their work. Individuals and groups who identify as having disability can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for development and up to $20,000 for arts projects. The program closes on 3 March 2014.
Opening date: 25 January 2014 Closing date: 21 March 2014
The Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship allows an artist of repute to explore new thinking and research new ideas. 
Not-for-profit community organisations can apply for funding for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities of less than 10,000, living in small rural and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their development in social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas.

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Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Wild@heART Community Arts 2014 

Starting 8 February 2014, 1-5pm, Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, 2 Snugburgh Way, Epping.
Fully accessible creative arts workshops for people with disability on Saturday afternoons.The workshops are fun and engaging and will involve various activities including drawing, painting, storytelling, sculpture, theatre, cooking, film and animation. 
Dancing Ground FestivalFebruary 21 - 24 2014
The lush festival site is a little over an hour’s drive from Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges. Dancing Ground is drug and alcohol free, family friendly, and is run as a not for profit event.

Exhibitions at Heritage Hill
Heritage Hill is a unique historic precinct featuring three beautifully preserved buildings in two acres of landscaped gardens. Heritage Hill offers visitors an insight into Dandenong’s transformation from a rural market town to a bustling, multicultural metropolis. 

Multicultural Arts Victoria: 
Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series 2014
Travel the world on the banks of the Yarra
Every Sunday in February, 5pm to 7.30pm FREE!
Get together with family and friends for a laid back excursion into exotic sounds and cultural dance from around the globe. 
22 - 27 February 2014                          
Sixteen fantastic Australian and international tutors are offering a range of 2 and 4 day workshops: felting, jewellery, printing, books, dyeing, stitching by hand and machine, knitting, fabric and fibre. 
Bookings and more information: Web: Email: Phone: 0428 825 971

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Australia Council
A Call for Applications: Time_Place_Space: Nomad
26 September – 12 October 2014
Capital Country: Sydney – Canberra – Riverina
Applications are invited from emerging and established artists working across disciplines, cultures, and media to participate in Time_Place_Space: Nomad, a travelling laboratory program for interdisciplinary and experimental art. Time_Place_Space: Nomad is a national initiative that aims to challenge, invigorate and strengthen interdisciplinary and experimental arts practice in Australia, with an emphasis on collaborative performance-making, sitespecificity and artistic resilience. Download information
Do you know an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation or project that is really kicking goals?
Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton are proud to launch the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards to recognise and celebrate the hard work Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, projects and initiatives put into changing their communities for the better. 
Darren Sylvester's 'For You' installation, part of the Melbourne Now exhibition supported by VicHealth
Melbourne Now on until 23 March, 2014 at the NGV, 108 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
This installation is bringing people together on the dance floor with feel-good lighting, music and dancing. For your chance to have exclusive access to Darren Sylvester's dance floor and host a private party at NGV for you and 30 friends, enter the competition.
Call for Papers for Indigenous Men Conference
13th – 15th October 2014, Pullman Cairns International Hotel,  Cairns QLD
 ‘The second round of papers is now being sought for the 2014 Indigenous Men Conference’
The conference is hosted by M.E.E.S (Australia) with great line up of speakers from around Australia and internationally. The overall aim of this conference is to provide a platform for Indigenous Men to celebrate their achievements in life within their home, family, community and workplace. Moreover, the event will focus on empowerment, strong leadership and self-determination of Indigenous Men. 

Ausdance Victoria
General Manager Position

Apply by 5pm, 28 February 2014

The General Manager is a key leadership position within Ausdance Victoria. The position is responsible for the efficient management of Ausdance including financial resources, RTO (Registered Training Organisation) management, and management of personnel. This position will support the delivery of learning and development program, and the maintenance of positive, successful relationships with its stakeholders.

The Contemporary Art Society of Victoria A4 Art Australia 2014 Call for Entries
Deadline: 14 March 2014
A4 Art Australia is an exhibition of 2D and 3D A4-sized artworks, hence the title. This exhibition will showcase A4-sized artworks by both established and emerging artists and offers all participating artists the opportunity gain exposure for their art at low entry cost. Contemporary artists are invited to submit up to 4 A4-sized artworks for the exhibition. 
Contemporary artists are invited to submit up to 4 brooches (small wearable artworks) for the exhibition. 
Australia Council Information Session about New Artists With Disability Program
The Australia Council recently announced a new Artists with Disability Program, to enable artists with disability to create, development, present, produce, exhibit and tour their work. Individuals and groups who identify as having disability can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for development and up to $20,000 for arts projects.

State Library of Victoria Fellowships Program 2014.
Applications for the 2014 Fellowships program are now open with two new fellowships on offer this year: the Centenary of WWI fellowship and the Children’s books fellowshipAn information session for applicants will be held on Monday 17 February.

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