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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Artists’ Talk: The International Perspective, December 2008

Artists discuss community-based arts initiatives overseas


Public Forum: Social Action Theatre with David Diamond, October 2008

What role does social action theatre play in making change in the lives of participants?


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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Conference: Expanding Cultures national conference, Melbourne, July 2007

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Public Forum: Rising Above It All, Melbourne, May 2007

Vertical Communities and Cultures


Workshop: Cultural Planning and Cultural Indicators, March 2007

An interactive workshop for cultural planners: How can we measure what we have planned?


Artists’ Talk: The International Context, Melbourne, December 2006

Artsworkers who have recently travelled overseas to study the role of arts in communities. (more…)

Workshop: Connect!, Warragul, November 2006

How to Use Art to Build Better Communities (more…)

Forum: A case study and dialogue, Melbourne, November 2006

How can research enrich arts practices in local communities? (more…)

Artists’ Talk: Popular Culture, Art And Community Cultural Development, Footscray, November 2006

Footscray Community Arts Centre (more…)

Forum: Conversations at the Watchhouse, Melbourne, October 2006

October 2006, Melbourne (more…)

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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Forum: Meet, Meld, Merge, Yea, Victoria, September 2006

Art bringing people together (more…)

Forum: Engaging Communities Through the Arts, Horsham, July 2006

July 2006, Horsham (more…)

Conference: Community Voice one day conference, Geelong, June 2006

June 2006, Corio, Victoria (more…)

Forum: Artivism: the role of arts in regeneration, Melbourne, June 2006

Melbourne Town Hall (more…)

Conference: Working outside the box one day conference, South Morang, Victoria, May 2006

The role of cultural facilities in community strengthening (more…)

Forum: The Art and Craft of Research in Communities, Melbourne, April 2006

Half- day seminar at VicHealth, Carlton (more…)

Forum: Community dance, Horsham, April 2006

Working with young people in a community context (more…)

Forum: Opening the cocoon, Mornington, April 2006

Arts, culture & community on the Mornington Peninsula (more…)

Forum: The Arts and Community in the 21st Century, Melbourne, Feburary 2006

Featuring Bill Cleveland, Director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community, Seattle, USA (more…)

Artist’s Talk and workshop: Dance in the Community: a current perspective , February 2006

with Petra Kuppers, community dance artist and disability advocate (more…)

Forum: The international context, Melbourne, December 2005

community based arts initiatives in Europe, USA & the UK (more…)

Forum: Just Culture: Arts and social change, Melbourne, October 2005

Hilton on the Park (more…)

Roundtable discussions on Arts, Local Government & Community Strengthening, Melbourne, August 2005

Melbourne (more…)

Forum: David Diamond, Melbourne, June 2005

Theatre for Living: why should communities speak? (more…)

Not Just for Arts Sake

St. Kilda, March 2005
Community Arts Working and Thinking (more…)

Building communities through engagement, art and urban design

Wednesday 23 February 2005, presented by VicHealth and Cultural Development Network (more…)

Forums 2004-2001

The Art of Engagement: Arts, Culture and Social Capital
December 2004, Nauru House, Melbourne, presented in partnership with the Department for Victorian Communities.

A forum for state government policy makers and service deliverers.

Growing Resilience: Sowing Seeds of Hope and Empowerment
at the Community and Social Planners Conference August 2004
at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows, with the VLGA and the City of Hume

Just Talkin’
August 2004, an informal gathering of northern artsworkers with Murray Arts

Imagining New Partnerships – Artists, Schools and Communities
October 2003, Melbourne Town Hall, with the City of Melbourne’s Conversations Program

Community, Arts and Wellbeing Think Tank
September 2003, Melbourne Town Hall with the Community Cultural Development Board

Grass Roots: Communities, Collections and Councils
August 2003, with Museums Australia (Victoria) and the Public Galleries Association of Victoria at the Ian Potter Museum of Art

Building Communities: Arts, Culture and Public Housing
May 2003, Melbourne Town Hall, with the North Richmond Community Health Centre and Department of Human Services Neighbourhood Renewal Unit (check out: Public Art Public Housing)

Arts, Culture and Public Planning
January 2003, with VicHealth’s Arts and Environment Program

Community Cultural Development Through Dance
November 2002, with Ausdance at the North Melbourne Town Hall Arts House

Councils Cultures Communities
June 2002, with the Victorian Local Government Association

Cultural Action for Community Health
December 2001, with the Centre for Popular Education (UTS)

Creativity and the Future of our Cities
February 2001, North Melbourne Town Hall Arts House – Our first forum brought together urban planning gurus Charles Landry (UK) and Jan Gehl (Denmark) and a panel of Victorian public artists and council staff in a free public forum that attracted 250 people.

Conference: The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability national conference, Melbourne, December 2004

Culture, engagement and sustainable communities (more…)

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

Conference: Beyond Cultural Policy Conference, Melbourne, July 2003

Presented by the City of Port Phillip and the Cultural Development Network (more…)