Global Frictions Seminar Series: ‘Culture in development: Can culture be developed; and if so, whose culture and to what end?

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Centre for Global Research, RMIT University,
Thursday, 23 June, 4.00-5.30pm

Session Theme: Culture in development: Can culture be ‘developed’: and if so, whose culture and to what end? 

CDN, through its association with RMIT University facilitated this seminar which explores the challenging role of culture in development, and its significance in contributing to desired futures.

Webinar: Renewal in the regions: re-imagining, re-thinking, re-generating regional places

RAA_White_Box_300x158-188x95Regional Arts Australia, Australia-wide, May 2016

Host: Ben Eltham

Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Justin O’Connor, Marcus Westbury

Culture is being promoted as a driver, a method and an endpoint of regional development. It is at the core of many current models for regeneration, designed to ignite a myriad of outcomes. But how realistic is this? Is it naive to talk of culture-led recovery in communities suffering high-level unemployment and infrastructure issues? What are some of the innovative models being used for culture-led regeneration across regional Australia? What are the opportunities for transformation in regional Australia? What are the obstacles? How can renewal be long-term, sustainable? How can it be measured? What might we have to change in our understanding of both culture and economy, to really move forwards?

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Winter Webinar 2: The Case for Arts and Culture for Personal Wellbeing

RAA_White_Box_300x158-188x95Regional Arts Australia Winter Webinar Series: Igniting and Fuelling Conversations about Arts & Culture in Regional & Remote Australia

Wednesday 15 June, 11 am.

Host: Ben Eltham

Presenters: Dr Christina Davies, John Smithies & Alex Kelly

CDN’s Director John Smithies explored the topic of measurable cultural outcomes in depth in this webinar, along with other interesting panellists, addresses the topic: The case for arts and culture for personal wellbeing.


Presentation: Articulating the cultural value of cultural engagement LG NSW

NSW local government associationThe Local Government Association of NSW Arts and Culture Forum, NSW, April 2016

Presenter: John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network

At the Local Government Association of NSW Arts and Culture Forum, CDN’s Director John Smithies presented on ‘Articulating the cultural value of cultural engagement: making the intangible tangible‘.

In his presentation he addressed how the task of measuring the value of engagement in cultural activity continues to challenge policy makers, funders and practitioners. Researchers all over the world have been developing frameworks to enable this measurement, with varying degrees of success and take up. Many of these approaches confound the issue of measuring cultural value of cultural activity, by using proxy measures of social and economic value, leaving the fundamental task of cultural value assessment unresolved. This presentation took on that challenge, in providing both a schema for measuring cultural outcomes of cultural activity and a series of measures derived from theory to enable that assessment. 

The forum featured presentations from key arts and culture sector representatives, followed by a networking event. The program of speakers and panellists included representatives from: the Office of Local Government; the National Local Government Cultural Forum; Arts NSW; the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; the State Library of NSW; Regional Arts NSW; Museums and Galleries NSW, and representatives from local government in a panel discussion.

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Presentation: A Schema of Outcomes for Cultural Engagement

PrintAustralasian Evaluation Society Conference, Melbourne, September 2015

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

CDN contributed to the recent Australasian Evaluation Society Conference in Melbourne, with Dr Kim Dunphy making a poster presentation on CDN’s draft schema of outcomes for cultural engagement. This schema intends to be offered as an evaluation framework suitable for organisations, including local government and some arts agencies, that have a community change or development agenda in their work.

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Presentation: Outcomes of urban place-making projects: a holistic assessment

logo-globalcitiesThe Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference, Melbourne, August 2015

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

Yuji Weisgard, Intern, Cultural Development Network and Roskilde University, Denmark presented by Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, CDN Principal Research Fellow, Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University.

This research explores the intersection between cultural and urban development. Drawing on concepts of place and place-making, by approaching cultural initiatives as places and a planning process as a place-making process, the report demonstrates how the two fields of cultural and urban development intersect. The research from this presentation invites us to consider how proper assessment of cultural initiatives could benefit planning processes. Included are two case studies from Melbourne and Copenhagen, where an assessment framework devised by CDN has been used to evaluate cultural initiatives within several value domains.

This research was presented at the conference ‘Rethinking the Region and Regionalism in Australasia: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century” organised as part of the Regional Studies Association Inaugural Australasian Conference in Melbourne, on August 31- September 2, 2015. The conference explored themes from all areas of regional analysis, with a particular focus on the ‘cultural’ dimension of change.

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Webinar: Culture in the Community: Indicators of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Australia

The Australian Community Indicators Network, Australia, June 2014

Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network; Lisa Conolly, the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and Leigh Tabrett, former Director of Arts Queensland.

This webinar discussed the importance arts, culture and heritage in the creation of vibrant communities, and available indicators/data sources to measure their impact and influence.

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Workshop: Approaches to Planning and Evaluation for Local Cultural Development

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Presenters: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network in collaboration with Country Arts SA

This workshop was designed for cultural development professionals to assist with effective planning and evaluation of their activities. Participants were introduced to the concept of evidence-based approaches to planning, and frameworks that facilitate this, specifically program logic and theory of change.  


Presentation: Cultural Planning Processes in Local Government in Victoria

ACELG Local Government Researchers Forum, Adelaide, June 2013

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager & Linda Tavelli, Visiting Researcher, Cultural Development Network

The Cultural Development Network was pleased to contribute to research expertise about cultural development in local government at the Researchers’ Forum presented by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government.  The paper presented by Kim Dunphy, drew from research undertaken by Linda Tavelli who worked on a research placement with CDN in late 2012.

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Presentations: The Cultural Sustainability Stream of the People and the Planet: Transforming the Future Global Conference

logo-globalcitiesThe Global Cities Research Institute (RMIT) and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, Melbourne, July 2013


Adriana Partal, Research Assistant, Cultural Development Network
Blanch Higgins, RMIT University
Jade Lillie, CEO, Footscray Community Arts Centre Steph Vajda, Ferment Collaborate
Kevin Murray, Kit Andrew, Samantha Fabry, RMIT University
Shanene Ditton, Researcher, Gold Coast

The Cultural Development Network was pleased to partner with organisers to convene the conference stream on cultural sustainability. A fascinating range of presentations from speakers from countries including China, South Africa, New Zealand, UK, and across Australia, addressed the complex relationship between culture and sustainability.  Panel themes included: Culture and society nexus; Education, culture and sustainability; Cultural heritage and sustainability; The relationship of the arts to cultural sustainability; Culture, sustainability and cities.

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Presentation: Increasing opportunities for people with a disability to participate in the arts: assisting local government and other cultural development workers to develop capacity

imagesArts Activated: Accessible Arts National Conference, Sydney, 2010

Presenter: Dr. Kim Dunphy, Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

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Presentation: Cultural Development in Local Government

Unknown-1Yarra Ranges Arts Network, Shire of Yarra Ranges, December 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Program Manager, Cultural Development Network.

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Presentation: Supporting clients to enjoy participating in the arts

ASSID Conference for Disability Support workers, Melbourne, November 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Program Manager, Cultural Development Network.

Handout: resource and ideas list for disability support workers

Presentation: Developing and Revitalising Rural and Remote Communities Through Arts and Creativity: a review of literature from Australia

Arts for Health Conference, Port MacQuarie, NSW, October 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

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Presentation: Encouraging Creativity and Creative School – Community Partnerships

Artists and Community Partnerships, Catholic Education Office, October 2009

Presenter: John Smithies, Director, Cultural Development Network
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Presentation: How can the impact of cultural development work in local government be measured? Towards more effective planning and evaluation strategies

ReGenerating Community: Arts, Community & Governance National Conference, Melbourne, September 2009

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

This conference addressed ways in which global issues are being addressed locally through collaborations between artists, communities and local government.

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Presentation: The Bigger Picture: how local cultural development fits into an international perspective

Creative Community Network Meeting, Mt. Alexander Shire, Castlemaine, March 2008

Presenter: Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, Cultural Development Network

CDN Manager Kim Dunphy was invited by Mount Alexander Shire to address a meeting of Castlemaine’s Creative Community Network, a diverse group of local artists, artworkers, and staff from local government and non-government organisations. The topic was ‘Agenda 21 for Culture’, the important international new initiative led by United Cities and Local Government, the international peak body for local government. Cities and local governments all over the world are becoming signatories to this Agenda, and thereby enshrining their commitment to human rights, cultural diversity, sustainability, participatory democracy and creating conditions for peace . The Agenda 21 process has raised the interest of international organisations, national governments and civil society all over the world. CDN is advocating for local governments in Australia to follow the lead of international peers and become signatories. More information is available on the Agenda 21 site.

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Expanding Cultures: Arts and Local Government Conference, Art and Local Government Conference, Melbourne, July 2007


Jordi Pascual, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
Jude Bloomfield, Independent Researcher
The Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Associate Minister for Local Government, New Zealand
Penny Hutchinson, Arts Victoria
Colleen Marion, Western Suburbs Indigenous Gathering Place Association
Dr Martin Mulligan, RMIT University’s Globalism Institute
Glenyys Romanes, Community Relationships, Department of Infrastructure
Professor John Wiseman, University of Melbourne

Hosted by the City of Stonnington and supported by the Cities of Yarra, Melbourne, Moreland, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Boroondara and Port Phillip and the Cultural Development Network. This conference focussed on the contribution of arts and cultural development to the strength and well-being of local communities.

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Report on Conference: Agenda 21 for Culture meeting and Interaccio conference, Barcelona, Spain, October 2006

Conference report by: Kim Dunphy, Manager, Sue Beal, Chair and John Hawkes, Resident Cultural Analyst, Cultural Development Network

Report on visit to Barcelona by Kim Dunphy, Manager, Sue Beal, Chair and Jon Hawkes, invited keynote speaker at the First meeting of the Working Group on Culture, United Cities for Local Government, and Hawkes’ keynote speech at the ‘Interaccio’ conference on cultural policy to 600 European delegates, all interested in the relationship of culture and local government.

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Presentation: Small Towns Big Picture project, the Cultural Future of Small Cities conference, Kamloops, Canada, May 2005

Presenter: Judy Spokes, Former Director, Cultural Development Network

Judy Spokes presents at the Cultural Future of Small Cities conference, Kamloops, Canada. Read about the project here.

Conference: First International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Honolulu, 2005

Presenter: Judy Spokes, Former Director, Cultural Development Network

Judy Spokes participated in this conference as an Advisory Board member, co-host and leader of Taking Circles. Papers from the conference are available from the Sustainability-Journal website.

Presentations: The following presentations by Jon Hawkes were made as part of his Community Cultural Development Board Fellowship from the Australia Council, 2002-2004

Presenter: Jon Hawkes, Former Resident Cultural Analyst, Cultural Development Network

The Fourth Pillar Revisited: Key questions about cultural sustainability: ‘Let Them Eat Culture, or Here Comes Another Bandwagon’, December 2004. Jon Hawkes’ address to The Fourth Pillar Conference for the Cultural Development Network Download pdf

‘Community, culture and creativity’, April 2004. Jon Hawkes’ presentation at the Community Development, Human Rights and Grassroots conference hosted by the Centre for Citizenship & Human Rights, Deakin University Download pdf

Social Plan, Cultural Policy’, November 2003. Jon Hawkes’ address to Seminar and AGM, Metropolitan Public Libraries Association of NSW Download pdf

‘The Link Between Culture and Environment’, October 2003. Jon Hawkes’ Keynote Speech at the Outback Summit, the 15th National Conference of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand held in Broken Hill. Download pdf

Community Music: The foundation of strengthening community and the starting point for unleashing community creativity, September 2003. Jon Hawkes, article in Shout!, the community music newsletter, 11 Sep 03 Download pdf

Community Cultural Development according to Adams & Goldbard. Jon Hawkes’ article for Artwork, Issue #56 Download pdf

The Challenge of Active Community Engagement, August 2003. Jon Hawkes’ presentation to ‘Grass Roots: communities, collections, councils’, a forum organised by Museums Australia (Victoria), the Public Galleries Association of Victoria & the Cultural Development Network Ian Potter Museum of Art Download pdf

Comments on Charles Landry’s ‘A Landscape of Urban Cultural Policies’, August 2003. Jon Hawkes published on line Download pdf

Understanding Culture, July 2003. Jon Hawkes’ address to the Local Government Community Services Association of Australia National Conference. ‘Just & Vibrant Communities’ in Townsville. Download pdf

Understanding Culture, July 2003. Jon Hawkes’ address to the City of Port Phillip / Cultural Development Network symposium, Beyond Cultural Policy: National Cultural Vitality Symposium at Gasworks Arts Park Download pdf

The Right to Participate, May 2003. Jon Hawkes’ presentation at ‘A Different Edge’, an industry seminar held as part of the Art of Difference Festival at the Gasworks Arts Park. Download pdf

Shaping arts training in response to community needs, February 2003.

Jon Hawkes’ speech at ‘Creating Connections’, an arts industry forum hosted by ARTV & CREATE at the North Melbourne Town Hall Arts House. Download pdf

Creative Engagement, October 2002. Jon Hawkes’ speech at ‘Groundswell’, Regional Arts Australia National Conference, Albury Download pdf

Delivering long term sustainable social change through the arts, October 2002. Jon Hawkes’ speech to the ‘Social Inclusion & the Arts’ forum, Arts SA, Adelaide Download pdf