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Transformations in Cultural Leadership

Transformations in Cultural Leadership

Transformations in Cultural Leadership Masterclass

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Dates: Monday 18 May - Wednesday 20 May 2015

Venue: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra

This 2 ½ day masterclass offers a cultural leadership experience with experts from culture & the arts, government, sports and media. The masterclass is tailored to meet the demands of cultural leadership and is delivered by industry professionals in partnership with academic leaders.

The masterclass is hosted by the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. The Faculty has a long history of delivering cultural training programs and this exciting new initiative builds on this expertise, offering a masterclass which meets the identified needs of the future cultural leader.

Transformations in Cultural Leadership brings together important areas for professional development including: cultural brokerage, working with culturally diverse audiences, digital cultural communication, cultural planning and management, governance, marketing, diversified income streams and cultural diplomacy.

This master class will be of interest to professionals seeking to develop their future management and leadership potential.

For more information contact Professor Angelina Russo

Mr Edwin Marshall is hosted in partnership with Bite the Big Apple! New York City Arts Management Tour by Kape Communications Pty Ltd

Program 16/05/15

Mon 18 May
9:00am Introduction Distinguished Professor Jen Webb
9:15am Introduction Angelina Russo
9:30am - 10:30am Scene Setting: Cultural Leadership Centenary Professor Ross Gibson
10:30am - 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am - 11:30am Introduction to workshops Angelina Russo
11:30am - 1:00pm

Pino Migliorino, The Cultural Perspectives Group.  Whose culture are we leading?
Stephen Cassidy, Consultant. Cultural policy: Where to, when, with who and why – and who's paying for the petrol money?

1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 4:30pm Workshop# 1 - Workshop Leaders: Ross Gibson (Applied Narrative), Tracy Ireland (Cultural Heritage Management), Angelina Russo (Digital Cultural Communication)
4:30pm - 5.15:pm
5.30 - 6.00pm     
Reflections on Leadership - Tracy Ireland
Travel to MOAD - car pooling available. Please let organisers know if you need a lift to MOAD
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Public Forum + Drinks Hosted by Museum of Australian Democracy 
Speakers:  Daryl Karp, CEO MOAD. 
Edwin Marshall, NYC Senior Urban Planner

9:00pm End
Tue 19 May: Partnerships
9:00am - 10:30am Workshop Development  Workshop Leaders
10:30am Morning Tea
11:00am - 1:00pm Cultural Planning Edwin Marshall, NYC Planning
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 4:00pm Workshop Development Workshop Leaders
4:00pm - 5:00pm
5.00 - 5.30pm        
Reflections on Leadership - Ross Gibson
Travel to Dinner at NMA
6:00pm - 8:30pm Dinner at NMA. MC by Paul Hetherington.
Special guest speaker: Dr Mathew Trinca, Director National Museum of Australia
9:00pm End
Wed 20 May: Embedding Diversity

9:00am - 10:30am Theme:
Embedding Diversity and connecting with young indigenous audiences
Craig Dukes University of Canberra

Margo Neale NMA
10:30am Coffee
11:00am - 12:00pm

12:00 - 1:00pm
Workshop Development

Presentations begin 
Workshop Leaders
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 3:00pm Workshop Presentations
3:00pm End/ DEPART

Please note: Flight times to Sydney: 4:00pm, 4:35pm, 5:00pm, 7:05pm

External Expert Workshop leader

Focus: Cultural Policy: Stephen Cassidy

UC Cultural Leadership Workshop leaders

Focus: Applied Narrative: Professor Ross Gibson

Focus: Cultural Heritage Management:  Associate Professor Tracy Ireland 

Focus: Digital Cultural Communication: Professor Angelina Russo


Edwin Marshall is a Senior Urban Planner in the Manhattan Office of the New York City Department of City Planning. He is a leader in the cultural and creative rejuvenation of Harlem and its famous 125th Street. Edwin spearheads the special district's Arts Bonus where public, private and state investment is brought together to invest in the cultural rebirth of Harlem. The Arts Bonus facilitates the establishment of street level cultural, arts and/or entertainment organisations in any new Harlem development. Edwin links together Columbia University, private developers, arts and cultural organisations, entertainment venues, residents and diverse communities, as stakeholders in the planning for the urban renewal, housing, cultural and commercial advance in Harlem. He has managed a ten-year consultative process with residents and diverse communities and across Harlem as a precursor to the area's cultural, economic and residential redevelopment.

Daryl Karp is The Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy. She combines extensive experience in broadcast and digital media, with a focus on content, strategy and governance. Her previous positions include CEO and Managing Director, Film Australia, Head of Factual Programs (Television), Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Head of Science and Documentaries/Science and Features at the ABC. She is a director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation. BA (TEL AVIV) FAICD.

Pino Migliorino founded The Cultural Perspectives Group  21 years ago, an enterprise which includes Cultural Perspectives/DiverseWerks and CIRCA Research. This group is a sector leader in consulting to, researching and communicating with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. Prior to working in the private sector, Pino held important positions in the third sector and in government in the areas of ethnic affairs, multicultural policy and human rights. After over 30 years of ethnic community involvement and working in multicultural affairs across three sectors Pino was elected Chairperson on FECCA (The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia) in October 2009 and completed that role in November 2013. Pino is now the Hon. President of FECCA. Pino has been a researcher and commentator around cultural and the arts in a multicultural context; completing a number of seminal research projects and policy documents in this area. Central to this has been his work on audience development in multicultural contexts. Pino has a BA and Dip. Ed (Secondary), is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (FPRIA) and a Qualified Practicing Market Researcher (QPMR).

Margo Neale is a Senior Research Fellow, Senior Curator and Principal Indigenous Advisor to the Director at the National Museum of Australia. Margo is also an Adjunct Professor in the history program at the Australian National University's Australian Centre for Indigenous History. In this role Margo sits on post-graduate supervisory panels, gives seminars and participates in workshops, and engages in documentaries and study tours for international visiting academics.

Craig Dukes is the Director of the Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre at the University of Canberra. Before joining the Ngunnawal Centre, he was CEO of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), an organisation that represents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students.

Stephen Cassidy is a cultural researcher, writer and commentator who has worked across the Australian cultural sector for over 35 years. This has spanned policy, programs and research in government, museums, publishing and community radio and community arts in four states and territories at national, state and local level. It has encompassed creative industries – including contemporary music and literature – Indigenous culture and languages and intangible cultural heritage. He was Director of the National Cultural Policy Task Force, wrote the proposal that initiated the Digital Content Industry Action Agenda, drafted the Indigenous Contemporary Music Action Plan and played an instrumental role in the adoption of Australia's first National Indigenous Languages Policy. He has been a Community Arts Officer in local government, Arts Officer for the ACTU, Development Manager at community radio 2SER-FM and Membership Manager for the Powerhouse Museum. His writing has been recognised twice in HQ magazine story contests, in a range of literary awards, in three exhibitions at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and in the Newcastle Poetry Prize New Media Award. It has also appeared in various small magazines. He blogs at indefinite article and is on Twitter 

UC Workshop Leaders

Professor Ross Gibson is the Centenary Research Professor of Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. In this role he works collaboratively to produce books, films and artworks and he supervises postgraduate students in similar pursuits. During the early 2000s he was Creative Director for the establishment of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square in Melbourne. Prior to that, while working at the University of Technology in Sydney, he was a Senior Consultant Producer during the development and inaugural years of the Museum of Sydney. Over the past twelve years he has held Professorial posts at UTS and the University of Sydney.

Professor Paul Hetherington has published eight full-length collections of poetry, along with two poetry chapbooks. He won the 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards; and was a finalist in the 2012 and 2013 international Aesthetica Creative Writing Competitions. He was also shortlisted for the 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize and the 2013 Montreal International Poetry prize. In 2014 he was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board Residency in Rome and he was awarded a place on the 2012 Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland. Formerly publisher and events director at the National Library of Australia, he edited the final three volumes of the Library's authoritative four-volume edition of the diaries of the artist Donald Friend (volume four was shortlisted for the Manning Clark House 2006 National Cultural Awards) and was founding editor of the Library's quarterly humanities and literary journal Voices (1991–97).

Professor Angelina Russo is the Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. Prior to this she was Director, Higher Degrees Research in the School of Media and Communications (RMIT) (2010 - 2013) and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation (2005 - 2011). Her research practice explores the intersections between cultural collections, media, and design. She has research partners in major cultural institutions around the world and supervises candidates across a number of different areas which are drawn together through their investigations into new modes of knowledge production in museum studies and communication design. She is recognised for the research and practice which she has undertaken in social media for museums and innovative participatory practices. She is currently developing a new stream of research which draws together design and making communities with museums.

Associate Professor Tracy Ireland is an archaeologist and heritage practitioner with over 20 years experience in research, education and working with government, industry and diverse communities to envision futures for heritage places and the people who care for them. Tracy joined the University of Canberra in 2009 and is Associate Professor, Cultural Heritage and Head of the Discipline of Humanities. She previously led the Canberra office of Godden Mackay Logan, Heritage Consultants, lectured at the University Sydney and worked as the Archaeologist for the NSW Heritage Council.

Professor Jen Webb studied in South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. She had an earlier career as a tax inspector, before moving into the field of artistic production. Jen has been working as an academic since the 1990s, and publishing her poetry and fiction since the 1980s. She also produces handmade books for exhibition.


Please register online. You will receive an email with confirmation and tax invoice.

Fee Schedule $

Full Conference Attendance (Attendee)
Monday (including public forum), Tuesday, Wednesday (including breakfast)
Please note that full Attendance does not include dinner on Tuesday evening


Symposium Dinner @ National Museum of Australia
Tuesday 19th May
(special dietary requirements) 


One Day Attendance (Day Rate Only)

Student Attendance (Full Conference) (UC Student & External) $400

UC Alumni Full Conference Attendance (UC Alumni)

Group Booking (by prior arrangement only) $1500
Public Forum @ Museum of Australian Democracy
Monday 18th May, 6.30 - 8.30pm

If you have any problems registering please contact
Professor Angelina Russo

02 6201 5504


The University of Canberra is a 120 hectare (296.4 acres) haven of clean air, tall trees and native wildlife, including parrots, honey-eaters, cockatoos and resident kangaroos. The campus is within walking distance of the shopping and entertainment complex of Belconnen, and just 12 minutes by regular bus service or car from Canberra's Civic Centre.

The master class will be held in the Ann Harding Conference Centre.

A map of the University Campus (pdf 2MB) is available for download. Visitor parking is $7.50 per day.


If you are travelling to Canberra for the symposium, we recommend the following hotels:

Novotel Canberra
65 Northbourne Av Canberra, ACT
2600 Australia | +61 2 6245 5000 
Around $235 per night  

Peppers Gallery Hotel
15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone:(02) 6175 2222 
Around $200 per night

Quest Apartments
28 W Row, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone:(02) 6243 2222
Around $180 per night