John Smithies, Director, (appointed December 2005)
John is an Arts Manager with experience working on policy development and a background of arts programming, specifically in cinema, new media arts, and screen education. 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 as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. John left ACMI in 2004 and joined CDN in 2005 as Director. Since then, he has worked with the CDN Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger arts planning within the cultural development activities of local government.
Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager (appointed October 2004)
Kim came to CDN after experience in local government at the Cities of Hobsons Bay and Melbourne, and managing community centres in Hampton and Altona North. Kim’s long standing 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, accessibility and the arts, community revitalization, expressive arts and dance movement therapy. Her recent PhD examines the role of participatory arts in social change in Timor-Leste. Kim has also been a dance critic for The Age and between 2002 and 2008 she was 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. She is Vice-President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia 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. She is interested in what role culture has to play within post-conflict development and in 2014 spent a year supporting NGO Many Hands Internationals’ work, in the remote community of Lospalos, Timor-Leste. Following this, she 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’, located within the Centre for Global Research, at RMIT University. This program provides English language training and cross-cultural exchange opportunities for East-Timorese women, working in the community development sector. Coordinating a number of community and school based art programs here in Australia; she has also locally engaged diverse groups, such as asylum seekers in detention and indigenous youth, in exploring themes such as climate change and Human Rights Law. 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.
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.