CDN News - August 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, 

CDN’s research projects
This month CDN has commenced a small research project looking at how the spectrum of arts engagement is currently conceptualized and measured, and the overall impact of engaging in the arts across these modes. This research will assist local government in developing art initiatives that maximise benefit for participants. Other initiatives in the development phase include our new Cultural Development Planning Framework, a schema for understanding outcomes of arts engagement and a system for benchmarking local government cultural development activity. We're busy testing these with councils and arts organisations, and expect to have information available for public use within the coming months. This month we also welcome a new intern, Nicola Long, Health Sciences student from Monash University who will assist CDN to develop a documentation of the literature about the role of arts in community and individual health. 

Public Pedagogies Conference, November 12-13
CDN is working with a group of researchers from several Victorian universities and practitioners from councils in Melbourne’s west to present this conference on learning that takes place outside formal institutions. This includes many of the sites in which local government does its work, such as museums, libraries and neighbourhood houses. We encourage you to share your work in a presentation. More information here
Senate Inquiry
This month many of us engaged in cultural development and the arts have been occupied in responding to a number of government consultations. The most significant of these has been the Senate Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget Decisions on the Arts. This received more than 2000 submissions, indicating the strength of opinions about those decisions. A series of public hearings are scheduled, beginning with the first held in Melbourne on August 5th. CDN's Director John Smithies joined a cast of representatives from the Victorian arts community who met with the Senate Committee to discuss the impact of these revised budget decisions. A further four public hearings in Perth (Sep 1), Hobart (Sep 3), Brisbane (Sep 11) and Sydney (Sep 18), will be undertaken before the Committee report their findings. More details of the hearings can be found here, with CDN’s submission to the Senate Committee available on our website.

Regional Studies Association Conference, 1-2 September
We farewell intern Yuji Weisgard as he returns home to Denmark this week. Yuji has been working at CDN since early 2015 researching the intersection of urban and cultural planning.  CDN's Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy will present his findings at the Regional Studies Association Conference at RMIT in Melbourne in September. We wish him all the very best with his future studies and thank him for his contribution towards our work.

Lastly, CDN would like to congratulate Kaz Paton, Duncan Esler and the team at the City of Greater Geelong on being awarded the prestigious Community Development Award for their project Mountain to Mouth; the multi-award winning extreme arts pilgrimage. The award will be given at the Australian Regional Development Conference (ARCD)  Innovation Awards held in Albury on the 26-28th August.

Warm regards from the CDN team:

John Smithies, Kim Dunphy, Lyndall Metzke, Leda Yazgin 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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Professional Development Activities

Information Session
Graduate Coursework ‘Arts and Community Practice' Information Session
Thursday 13 August, 5.30-7.30pm, Founders Gallery, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, 234 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
The Centre for Cultural Partnerships (CCP), The University of Melbourne invites applications for their five week Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement (GCACE)- Closing date 25 September, to start November 2015 and their Master of Arts and Community Practice (MACP), Closing date 31 October, to start March 2016.

The Future of Arts in Melbourne- Join the Discussion
6.30pm Thursday 13 August, Supper Room, Town Hall, Melbourne
You are invited to join some of Melbourne's leading thinkers, artists and producers for an interactive forum exploring opportunities and challenges for the arts in our city. This forum is part of the City of Melbourne's commitment to continued conservation and building closer ties with the arts community, and ensuring Council's goals for a Creative City is realised.
More information

'Past and Present' Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management three-day Workshops
Little Desert Nature Lodge (Nhill), 18-20 August;
La Trobe University (Bundoora) 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.

Expert Arts Presents: Attracting and Engaging Long-term Diverse Audiences
20 August 2015, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, FCAC Performance Space, Footscray Community Arts Centre 
45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Hear from a leading US expert on engaging and sustaining diverse audiences. Information

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. Information


Bundoora Homestead Artist Centre - Facebook Workshop for Artists
2-4 pm, Sunday 23 August, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, 7-27 Snake Gully Road, Bundoora
Join Vanessa Puopolo and Steph Boundy from the marketing company Work The Crowd and learn the ins and outs of using Facebook to engage audiences and promote your art practice.  More Information

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

Free public discussion series presented by Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council
The Game Changers Conversation Series – Ideas that Shape Our World and the People Behind Them.
Recommended Events:
Thursday 17 September: Crossing the River: a dynamic panel discussion exploring the ways in which rivers connect and divide a city.
Wednesday 25 November: The Future of Festivals: a robust discussion about festivals and who 'owns' them.  More information

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. Papers are also being called for the Indigenous Board of Directors Conference scheduled for 19-21 October. Information

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. Information

Museums and the Web Asia 2015. October 5, 2015 - October 8, 2015
Museums and the Web is the largest international gathering of professionals working with technology in the cultural and heritage fields. Join the 4th Museums and the Web Asia Conference: October 5-8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. More information
Call for Papers
Public Pedagogies Conference November 12 and 13, 2015, Submissions due: October 5th, 2015 
Calling contributions from all who have an interest in learning and teaching beyond school and university classrooms.
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 (300 words max.) for 20-minute presentations should be submitted along with a 100 word biographical note to by 5th October 2015. More information

17th Biennial Copyright Law and Practice Symposium
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
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 to share brilliant artistic work. Information

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

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

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


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. Information

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.  Information

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. Information

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! Information

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. Information

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. Information

Museums Galleries Scotland Conference 2015, 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. Information

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.Information

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. Information

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.Information

New Resources

CDN Pick of the Month

New Article
Why Don't They Come?
By Ian David Moss, Louise Geraghty, Clara Schuhmacher and Talia Gibas on May 6, 2015 
It’s not just the price of admission that’s keeping poor and less-educated adults away from arts events. More information
New report
Creative councils for creative communities produced by Marrickville Council (NSW) and the UTS Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG).
Published by ACELG, this resource emphasises the role of creativity as a prerequisite to innovation in local government, particularly during a time of change and reform to the local government sector. The paper explores current thinking about creativity in communities, organisations and the public sector and discusses an approach taken within Marrickville Council about organisational creativity that could be considered by other local governments wishing to operate in a more creative and innovative way. More information

New Publications by U40 Cultural Diversity Fellows on cultural development
Internationalizing Knowledge Management for Creative Economies
New publication by Lazaro Israel Rodriguez Olivia commissioned by the German Commission to UNESCO considering North-South-South good practices in knowledge management, creative economy and cultura-for-development in Germany and Mexico. 
New book edited by Christiaan de Beukelaer, JP Singh and Miikka Pyykkonen considering the links between the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and cultural development
More information

New Art and Health Blog

Latrobe University Art and Health
A new blog that offers a space for conversations and swapping of news, ideas, experiences and inspiring examples from practice and research.
More information

Special Issue
Hyperrhiz 12 - Special Issue: "Mapping Culture Multimodally"
Dr. Craig Saper, co-editor of Hyperrhize 12, and Felix Burgos have contributed to this special issue of
Hyperrhiz that uses the phrase cultural mapping to describe both a practice and an emerging interdisciplinary field. With multiple roots extending through theory and diverse areas of practice, from artistic inquiry to community planning, cultural mapping reflects the spatial and placed-based research in cultural and artistic studies, architecture and urban design, geography, sociology, cultural policy and planning, and e-media studies. Its recent adoption within a variety of disciplinary areas has necessitated new methodologies, perspectives, and disciplinary objectives.

More information

New Report
The Culture Summit of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
Organised by the City of Bilbao and UCLG (18-20 March 2015) local leaders and practitioners demonstrated how they are taking the lead in recognising not just the potential of culture, but its absolute necessity for sustainable development.
A detailed report of the Summit with key messages and the main highlights of the event is now available online on the website of Agenda 21 for culture.

Funding Update
Australia Council Outlines Revised Grant Programs
In 2015-16 the Australia Council will offer two core grants rounds with deadlines in September 2015 and February 2016. The September core grant round will include:
  • Development grants for individuals and groups
  • Arts projects for individuals and groups
  • Arts projects for organisations
  • Fellowships (8 to be offered annually)
  • Playing Australia and the Contemporary Music Touring Program
Applications close 1 September 2015

Playing Australia will be offered again in 2015 with a 1 December closing date.
International Residencies will be offered annually. Applications close 1 December 2015.
Multi-year funding for organisations: The Six-Year Funding for Organisations program will be replaced with a Four-Year funding model. Organisations to submit one application by 1 December 2015 deadline. Decisions will be announced April 2016, and funding to commence January 2017. 
More information

Applications Open

Dandenong Community Support Grants Program. Deadline 14 August.  
To assist local groups and organisations with programs and events that will benefit the Greater Dandenong community.

Applications Open
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 Open
City of Maribyrnong has opened the 2015/2016 Community Grants Program. Applications close 25 August 2015 at 4pm.
Grant amounts range from $500 to $15,000.
More information

Applications Open
Creative Partnerships Australia - Plus1 Matched Funding. Applications close 28 August 
Plus1 offer arts organisations matched funding for fundraising campaigns that support a project or activity of their choice. Funding of up to $50,000. More information

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.Information

Open Studios, Maribyrnong - Artist Registration, Closing 14 September
Maribyrnong City Council is seeking artists working within the City of Maribyrnong for this year’s Open Studios weekend. Artists are asked to open their doors to the public during the last weekend of the Big West Festival, 28-29 November.  More information

Applications Open
Box Hill Community Arts Centre 2016 Residency. Deadline 25 September
Applications will be accepted from both local and international artists. Artists can nominate the duration of the residency being from 1–12 months in 2016. Details 

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. Information


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.Information


Arts Events: Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Media and Programs

Crafty Mondays at Fed Square
9 Mar 2015 - 14 Dec 2015, Federation Square
Be part of the lunchtime craft culture at Fed Square with free workshops, four Mondays per month.
More information  

Melbourne International Film Festival
30 Jul 2015 - 16 Aug 2015, Forum Theatre
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema.
More information

The Dangerous Deeds Video Art Installation Project, August 10-14,  2014, Foyer, 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Dangerous Deeds features art developed by people with disabilities which explores their passions and tells the stories of their involvement in the disability, advocacy and self advocacy movements.
Dangerous Deeds is a project of DnD, SARU and stART Community Art. Open Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm. Videos are captioned and audio described. If you require a sighted guide of tactile interpreters for this event contact SARU  PH: 9639-6856  E: More Information
The 2015 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
14-27 August 2015
This annual celebration 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. The theme for 2015 is "Equality". The diverse program of more than 55 films, and panels and masterclasses, strives 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. Information

Melbourne Writers Festival
20 Aug 2015 - 30 Aug 2015, Federation Square
In 2015 Victoria’s premier annual literary event turns 30, celebrating the world of literature, sharing stories and inspiring readers.
More information

Arab Film Festival
 21 Aug 2015 - 23 Aug 2015, Cinema Nova
The Arab Film Festival returns in 2015 boasting a melting pot of films from around the Arab world.
More information

Theatrics: The Wit and Wisdom of Jewish Literature
Sat 22 Aug, 7.30pm, Sun 23 Aug- 2pm and 6pm Alex Theatre (formerly George Cinemas)135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
In an exciting playhouse event, MJWF is delighted to work with Gary Abrahams, highly regarded director, writer and dramaturge. His ensemble of actors will bring to life classic and modern Jewish texts, illuminating and reflecting Jewish life and thought in its amazing variety.
More information

Winter Masterpiece Viewing: David Bowie is
27 August 5-8pm,  Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Enjoy a sector event at this Victorian and Albert touring exhibition. Marvel at the career of one of the most influential artist of our era via his costumes, set designs, artwork, rare film, video and photographs. Information

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival
3 - 13 Sep 2015
Kyneton celebrates spring and art with displays of the famous local daffodils plus markets, fairs, exhibitions, performances, tours and festival fun.
More information

Mexican Festival
13 Sep 2015, Federation Square
Showcasing the diversity of the country's gastronomy, art, music and culture, this festival gives Melbourne a taste of Mexico!
More information
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. Information

Common Ground 2015
Saturday 19 September 2-4pm, State Library of Victoria
See budding poets transform themes of identity, belonging, peace and conflict into poetic expression and spoken word, bringing their own voices and stories up to the microphone.

More information

Coburg Carnivale
22-26 September 2015
Coburg comes alive with a spectacular array of colour and culture when the Coburg Carnivale brings music and art into the Victoria Street Mall and Sydney Road shopping precinct. Join us to help celebrate what’s great about Coburg! 
More information

South East Asia Festival
3 Oct 2015 - 4 Oct 2015, Argyle Square
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australian and ASEAN relations. This ten nation event hosts the best food, cultural, music and family activities
. More information

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. Information
DAFT- Drink Art Food Torquay
10-11 October 2015

The weekend provides the opportunity to promote an array of local products, produce, beverages (wine, beer, cider, coffee), art & music from the region while also being available to locals and visitors. More information

Polish Festival at Federation Square
15 Nov 2015, Federation Square
The Polish Festival is a celebration of the food, music, language, customs and culture of the Polish people.
More information

Creative Saturdays Workshops
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 

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


Invitation for Community Consultation for
2015-2016- What Happened at the Pier # 2
Are you or your family member a migrant who arrived in Australia by ship and disembarked at Port Melbourne?
Share your story:
  • Tuesday 18 August, 11am-1pm, Mill Park Library
  • Saturday 29 August, 2pm-4pm, Lalor Library
  • Thursday 10 September, 6pm-8pm, Museo Italiano Co.As.It.
  • Monday 17 November, 1pm-3pm, Manningham City Council
More information
Producing theatre performances, street theatre and theatre for young people, alongside mentoring and skills development in schools, with professional artists and with mixed abilities groups. Offering shows, roving entertainment and living statues for festivals and events. The experience and expertise of Born in a Taxi will enhance, engage and entertain, regardless of the size or style of your event.  More 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

Call out
City of Yarra- Light Box Program
Yarra City Council is looking for two artists to exhibit a series of four works at Carlton Library, as part of the Yarra Light Box Public Art Program. Closing Friday 14th August 2015. 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. 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. Information
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. Information

Monash Youth Film Festival
We are looking for short films ( Less than 10 minutes) from local film makers under the age of 26 to screen at Lights! Camera! Shorts! 
Start working on your films now as entries close on 31 August 2015. More information

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. Information

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. Information

Applications Now Open
Roving Curators Program 2016
The Roving Curator Program provides small museums and galleries with exhibition development assistance, including several days on-site advice as well as follow-up support. Applications close 13 October 2015. Information

Position Vacant
SAM Gallery Shop Assistant-Casual
Hourly Rate: $30.98
Applications Close: 28th November 2015
The Arts, Events & Tourism department are recruiting for a number of casual Gallery Shop Assistant positions in the Shepparton Art Muesum (SAM).
More information

Position Vacant 
Theatre Technical Assistant-Casual
Hourly Rate: $32.29
Applications Close: 30th December 2015
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to work as part of the Greater Shepparton City Councils performing arts and conventions team. The Casual Theatre Technical Assistant is responsible for assisting with technical operations in the WestSide Performing Arts Centre and the Eastbank Centre managed under the River links Venues brand.
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West Independent Theatre - Seeking Theatre-makers
Based in Footscray and founded in 2014, WIT is focused on building engaging, accessible and sustainable theatre.WIT are currently accepting new applications for the following roles:
  • WIT Company Members
  • Directors
  • Stage Managers
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Registration is now open
New Sessions of online Professional Development Courses and Workshops with the International University of British Columbia-Centre for Cultural Planning and Development
Courses and workshops can be taken individually for professional development, or applied to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning – an international professional learning program delivered 100% online. More information

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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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