Forum: The international context, Melbourne, December 2005

community based arts initiatives in Europe, USA & the UK

This informal afternoon featured four speakers who had recently travelled overseas to develop their skills and understanding of arts practice in diverse communities; Eulea Kiraly, theatre director and Community Cultural Development Officer at Tuggeranong Arts Centre in the ACT, Jane Crawley, Team Leader of the City of Melbourne’s Cultural Development Program; Ruth Whittingham, Artistic Program Manager, Arts Access Victoria, and Angela Bailey, photographic artist. The presenters gave very interesting and quite different presentations about their experiences in England, Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada and Germany. The event was well attended by a diverse group of artists and artsworkers, from disability, local government and community settings, academics and health workers. Audience comments were very favourable and those attending enjoyed some Christmas cheer with drinks and nibbles after the talk.