John Smithies, Director, (appointed December 2005)
John is an arts manager with a background of arts programming, specifically in cinema, new media arts, and screen education, and experience in policy development. He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria, leading it through its development to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). He was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. Since joining CDN, he has worked with the Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger planning within the cultural development activities of local government.
Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Consultant (with CDN since October 2004)
Kim came to CDN after experience in local government and as manager of community centres. Her longstanding interest in the contribution of arts to community life has been played out in diverse roles including community artist and educator in primary, secondary, tertiary and community sectors. Kim’s research interests include arts evaluation, cultural indicators, cultural impact assessment, accessibility and the arts, community revitalization, expressive arts and dance movement therapy. Her PhD examined the role of participatory arts in social change in Timor-Leste. Kim has also been a dance critic for The Age and a Director of Kita Performing Arts Company where she worked with Asian artists to share their cultural traditions with Australian audiences. She is Past-President of Ausdance Victoria and a former Board member of the Arts Management Advisory Group. Currently she is President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia and Director of NGO Many Hands International where she has established a cultural centre in regional Timor-Leste. Kim’s publications are available here.
Amy Stevenson, Administration and Research Officer (appointed April 2015)
Amy is currently completing a Master of Cultural Heritage at Deakin University and holds a Diploma of Visuals Arts, a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and qualifications in Project Management all from RMIT University. Amy believes culture plays a pivotal role in creating vibrant, inclusive and innovative communities and enjoys developing her knowledge and contributing to, this essential component of sustainable development. She is particularly interested in the role culture plays within post-conflict development. In 2014, she spent a year supporting the work of NGO Many Hands International in the remote community of Lospalos, Timor Leste. She then worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the Bophana Center, who collect, preserve and share film archives. In her role she supported events such as the Cambodian International Film Festival and the Acts of Memory Festival. Since 2012, Amy has co-managed the Matadalan Ba Malu Program at the Centre for Global Research, at RMIT. This program provides English language training and cross-cultural exchange opportunities for East Timorese women, working in the community development sector. She has also co-ordinated a number of community and school based art programs in Australia, engaged diverse groups, such as asylum seekers in detention and indigenous youth, in exploring themes such as climate change and Human Rights Law.
Julie Marlow, Policy and Research Consultant (joined CDN in 2016)
Julie has an extensive background in the screen industries as a producer, writer, arts bureaucrat and policy development and advocacy. She studied at St Andrew’s University. She was Director of Film Victoria from 1999-2002, and has since worked in senior policy consultancy and advocacy in Australia and overseas, for the Screen Producers Association of Australia, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Federation of Producers Associations, and state and federal government agencies.
Oana Sarghe, Intern from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (joined CDN in 2016)
Oana is pursuing at the moment her Master’s Degree in Cultural Policy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She decided to work with CDN in order to understand cultural impact assessment in-depth, in relation to policies and communities. Her current interests are cultural sustainability and possible ways of measuring it, intangible heritage preservation, indigenous people’s festivals and their impact on indigenous culture (specifically the Sami culture in Lapland).
CDN’s work is supported by a team of specialist contractors:
CDN Staff and Contractors 2015
(from L to R):
Meredith Windust (The Fame Group), Lyndall Metzke (CDN Administrator), Leda Yazgin (CDN Research Assistant), John Smithies (CDN Director), Amy Stevenson (CDN Administration and Research Officer), Kitka Hiltula, (Kitka Design), Kim Dunphy (CDN Research Program Manager), Alan Reddick (Reddick Design). Barrett Housten not in photo.