Conference Papers

This page lists our papers and proceedings available from our major conferences.

Proceedings and papers from all our other events, including Public Forums, Artists’ Talks and Researchers Networks are available from Past Events pages.  Presentations CDN staff have made at conferences organised by others are available from Presentations page.

European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education Advanced Seminar:
Rethinking cultural evaluation: going beyond the GDP

22 October 2014, Paris, France
CDN’s Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy made a presentation on: Holistic model of outcome evaluation for arts engagement
Program here / Event report here

8th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research
Cultural impact assessment: a literature review of current practice around the world

Heldesheim, Germany, September 2014
CDN’s Research Program Manager Kim Dunphy made a presentation on a recent research project on cultural impact assessment undertaken at CDN. Former CDN researcher Adriana Partal, now employed at RMIT Europe in Barcelona, was a collaborator in the process, undertaking much of the initial research during her time at CDN in 2013. The two sought to find out whether cultural impact assessment is occurring, particularly in local government contexts around the world, and if so, how it is occurring. They shared their research at the recent International Conference on Cultural Policy Research in Hildesheim, Germany, where they enjoyed meeting and exchanging ideas with more than 450 cultural researchers from all over the world.
Read the report which is a summary of their findings, with their presentationConference website.

Making Culture Count: Rethinking measures of cultural vitality, wellbeing and citizenship international conference, Melbourne, May 2012

Exploring the burgeoning field of cultural and community indicators
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Culture: A New Way of Thinking for Local Government International Conference, Melbourne, October 2011

On how the inclusion of culture with social, environment and economic policies strengthens local governance

In November 2010, UCLG, the international peak body of local governments declared that culture was the ‘fourth pillar’ of sustainable development, identifying that its contribution as a domain of policy with social, economic and environmental domains strengthens local communities.

This international conference discussed the potential for the declaration to change the way culture is valued and supported by local government, not only in Australia but for local governments in the Asia Pacific region.

The conference included diverse perspectives on cultural policy from across the Asia-Pacific. Issues discussed included:
– Can positive change be expected as a result of this policy statement?
– How can it assist councils to achieve best outcomes for their communities?
– What are the different ways ‘culture’ is interpreted and how does this influence local government policies in relation to the arts?

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ReGenerating Community: Arts, Community & Governance National Conference

Melbourne, September 2009
Proceedings available from conference website

Expanding Cultures: Arts and Local Government conference,

Melbourne, July 2007
Proceedings available from conference website.

The Fourth Pillar Conference

Melbourne, December 2004
Conference Proceedings and Report available here

Beyond Cultural Policy Conference

Melbourne, July 2003
Conference Proceedings available here

Conference Papers 2002 – 2004

The following presentations were made by CDN staff and asssociates at a range of public events. Jon Hawkes’ presentations were made as part of his Community Cultural Development Board Fellowship from the Australia Council.

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

Judy Spokes participated in the First International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, as an Advisory Board member, co-host and leader of Taking Circles. Papers from this conference are available from the Sustainability-Journal website.

Cultural Future of Small Cities conference, Kamloops, Canada, 2005

Judy made a presentation about our Small Towns Big Picture project at the Cultural Future of Small Cities conference.


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
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‘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
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Social Plan, Cultural Policy’, November 2003
Jon Hawkes’ address to Seminar and AGM, Metropolitan Public Libraries Association of NSW
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‘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.
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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
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Community Cultural Development according to Adams & Goldbard,
Jon Hawkes’ article for Artwork, Issue #56,
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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
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Comments on Charles Landry’s ‘A Landscape of Urban Cultural Policies’, August 2003
Jon Hawkes published on line,
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Understanding Culture, July 2003.
Jon Hawkes’ address to the Local Government Community Services Association of Australia National Conference. ‘Just & Vibrant Communities’ in Townsville.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Creative Engagement, October 2002.
Jon Hawkes’ speech at ‘Groundswell’, Regional Arts Australia National Conference, Albury
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Delivering long term sustainable social change through the arts, October 2002.
Jon Hawkes’ speech to the ‘Social Inclusion & the Arts’ forum, Arts SA, Adelaide
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