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Creative and Cultural Futures

Creative and Cultural Futures: Leadership and Change

A symposium exploring the critical issues driving change in the sector

The cultural sector is a driver of economic development and integral to community wellbeing, yet it faces many challenges, from the impact of new technology to changes in funding models. How will we equip professionals in the sector to adapt to these changes; and foster flexibility, confidence and resilience in future leaders?

Questions to be discussed include:

  • What are the critical issues driving change - convergence, participation, democratisation, digital culture, sustainability, decolonisation?
  • What does it mean to see the GLAM and heritage sector as part of a broader creative and cultural economy?
  • What might careers in this rapidly changing sector look like in the future?
  • What does it mean to be a cultural leader?

When: 12 October 2018, 10am – 5pm followed by drinks

Where: Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra

Who: Anyone interested in, or working in, the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums), heritage and conservation, community arts, arts management, creative producers, digital media, cultural policy and planning etc.

Cost: $55 incl. GST ($27.50 incl. GST for full time students and unwaged)

Current students and recent graduates ( past 5 years) of the University of Canberra attend for free!

Please register here

Program will be available soon.

Creative and Cultural Futures: Leadership and Change will explore the issues surrounding the sector and discuss the challenges we will face in the future. How will the sector face these challenges and how do we instill resilience, adaptiveness and flexibility in the future generation of cultural and creative leaders?

Program can be downloaded here


9.30am            Coffee on arrival

10.00am          Welcome to Country (Aunty Roslyn Brown)

10.15am          Welcome to FAD and to Creative and Cultural Futures

10.30am          Panel 1-Identifying the Challenges – convergence/digital/decolonisation/environment

Alex Marsden (Museums and Galleries Australia), Liz Stainforth (Digital Studio Uni Melb), Wendy Somerville (UC) and Bethaney Turner (UC)

11.30am          Panel 2 Connections/Communities/Participation/Audience

Shane Breynard (CMAG), Cathy Hope (UC), Rebecca Hawcroft (UC) and Amy Jarvis (ANU)

1230pm           LUNCH (can be purchased at numerous outlets on campus)

1.30pm            Panel 3 Creativity and Culture in Change/Change in Creativity and Culture

Rachael Coghlan (CEO Craft ACT), Stephen Cassidy (UC), Jen Webb (UC) and Jordan Williams (UC)

2.30pm            Panel 4 Strategic Leadership – narratives/values/impacts

Ross Gibson (UC), Shona Coyne (NMA), Richard Mackay (Mackay Strategic) and Hakim Abdul Rahim (UC)

3.30pm            Knowledge Café (Working Coffee break- coffee/cake supplied!) What are the skills, knowledge, experience etc crucial for building leaders in the creative and cultural sector over the next 10 years?

4.30pm            Reporting on the Knowledge Café Shane Breynard, Alex Marsden & Richard Mackay

5.00pm            Summing up and futures Ross Gibson, Tracy Ireland & Tim Sherratt

5.15pm            Drinks and canapés

The symposium will include a variety of speakers and panelists from across the creative and cultural sector; and will be convened by Tracy Ireland, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage and Tim Sherratt, Associate Professor of Digital Heritage.

Speakers and panelists include

Hakim Abdul Rahim, University of Canberra, ICOM-UMAC

Shane Breynard, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery

Stephen Cassidyindefinite article (blog)

Rachael Coghlan, Craft ACT

Shona Coyne, National Museum of Australia

Ross Gibson, Centenary Professor, Faculty of Arts and Design

Rebecca Hawcroft, University of Canberra

Cathy Hope, Assistant Professor in Communication; the Coordinator of the Play, Creativity and Wellbeing Project; and the Founder/Coordinator of Play Activation Network ACT.

Amy Jarvis, ANU Heritage Officer,The Australian National University

Richard Mackayfounder and ‘Director of Possibilities’ at Mackay Strategic

Alex Marsden, Museums Australia

Wendy Somerville, University of Canberra

Liz Stainforth, University of Melbourne

Bethaney Turner, Assistant Professor Global Studies

Jen Webb, Distinguished Professor & Director, Centre for Creative and Cultural Research

Jordan Williams, Associate Professor in Creative Writing & Creative Arts and Trauma


Registration is now open, please follow the link to register.

Cost: $55 incl. GST ($27.50 incl. GST for full time students and unwaged)

Current students and recent graduates (past 5 years) of the University of Canberra attend for free!


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