Creative Spaces Summit 2023


Summit Agenda

2023 summit theme

Creative Spaces

The event has a mix of keynote speakers, panels and workshops. The three-day program explores the concept of galleries as creative space, which offer so much more than exhibitions and visual arts-based activities.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Opening Program

Welcome to Country
Jack Buckskin from Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services will officially perform a Welcome to Country.

Official Welcome
Becc Bates - Director for Creative Industries, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science

Opening Comments
Maz McGann - Summit Convenor

Maz McGann Maz McGann Play Your PArt
Becc Bates Becc Bates Creative Industries
Jack Buckskin Jack Buckskin First Nations Welcome
2:30 pm - 4:20 pm Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Session One

Keynote Address - First Nations Art in the 21st Century
Presenter: Sally Scales
How can we do better and support the sharing for First Nations culture within the gallery and visual arts sectors and how do we ensure our creative spaces are safe and respectful places for First Nations People. Join Pitjanjatjara woman, Sally Scales as she speaks to her experiences as a First Nations advocate, artist and cultural leader. Sally is part of the Uluru Statement Dialogue Leadership and a member of the Government’s Referendum Working Group. She has worked with the APY Art Centre Collective since 2013.

Keynote Panel - Looking Forward, Looking Back
Presenters: Margaret Worth & Tom Borgas

Positioning artists at the centre of our conversation, two accomplished South Australian artists will speak to experiences and ideas about galleries and where we’ve come from and where we are going.

Regional Showcase Performance - A Musical Painting of a Thousand Words
Presenters: Pam Makin and Cara Boehm
Join Poet and Spoken Word Artist, Pam Makin and Musician, Cara Boehm as they present a performance exploring the parameters of the individual’s experience of art and art spaces. Considering the influence of cultural bias and the role this plays in our response to artistic provocations, this is a new work created especially for the Creative Spaces Summit. It is being presented as part of the Regional Showcase Program, funded through Country Arts SA.

Pam Makin Pam Makin Artist
Cara Boehm Cara Boehm Barossa Regional Gallery
Margaret Worth Margaret Worth Artist
Sally Scales Sally Scales Artist
Tom Borgas Tom Borgas Artist
4:20 pm - 5:30 pm Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Panel

Keynote Panel - Creative Spaces for Everyone
Presenters: Yusaf Hayat and Kristy Martinsen
What does genuine and meaningful inclusion look like? Hear from our panelists about challenges and the opportunities to be more inclusive - we can do better and getting it right is non-negotiable.

Yusaf Hayat Yusaf Hayat Artist
Kirsty Martinsen Kirsty Martinsen Artist
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm SASA Gallery at the University of South Australia

Social Happenings

Creative Spaces Welcome Reception
Join us at the University of South Australia for our Summit Welcome Reception. There will be complimentary wine and platters and we have Gillian Brown, Curator of Uni SA’s SAMSTAG Museum of Art presenting. Gillian is experienced in the commissioning and presentation of installation and time-based media and has managed and curated large-scale projects by Australian and international contemporary artists. Originally this event was going to be hosted at SAMSTAG but Gillian will provide some insight into why it was relocated - the joys of troubleshooting in a crisis.
Delegates can catch the free tram from outside Lot Fourteen along North Terrace and disembark at the City West tram stop. It is approximately 1.5km distance. SASA Gallery is down Fenn Place - on the right hand side.

Gillian Brown Gillian Brown SAMSTAG Museum of Art
8:30 am - 8:45 am Lot 14 Adelaide

Opening Comments

8:45 am - 11:15 am Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Session Two

Keynote Address - All the World's a Gallery
Presenter: Rone
How do we define a “creative space”, what is the role of galleries in the development of street art and why do audiences love an unusual location? Hear from one of Australia’s most successful street artists, Rone will talk about his career, audiences of the future and the challenges of creating and exhibiting work in unique locations. Rone is one of Australia’s most acclaimed street artists, who has gone from spearheading Melbourne’s fledgling street art movement in the early 2000’s, as a member of the Everfresh crew, to being a celebrated fixture on the international street art scene. His work is held in collections all over the world including the Urban Nation Museum, Berlin, Detroit Historical Museum and the National Gallery of Australia. He has exhibited in Berlin, Denmark, Nashville, London and throughout Australia.

Keynote Panel - The Business of Galleries – Funding, Engagement and Partnerships
Presenters: Prof. Jennifer Radbourne, Ben Koop and Allison Russell
Our panel of experts will provide insight on contemporary funding models, cross industry engagement and the value of partnerships in developing new spaces. Between the three of them, they have decades of experience and knowledge to share with delegates.

Book Launch - Countess: Spoiling illusions since 2008
Presenters: Melinda Rackham and Elvis Richardson Hear from co-authors Professor Melinda Rackham and Elvis Richardson founder of CoUNTess blog and The Countess Report, who will launch their much-awaited publication which probes gender inequity in the Australian art world through raw data, biting humour, intimate memoir, theoretical musings, and strategies for sustainable change.

Ben Koop Ben Koop Alinea Group
Elvis Richardson Elvis Richardson Author
Melinda Rackham Melinda Rackham Author
Allison Russell Allison Russell Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Professor Jennifer Radbourne Professor Jennifer Radbourne Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation
Rone Rone Artist
11:15 am - 11:45 am

Morning Tea

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Breakout Session One

Elders In Residence at Blacktown Arts
Presenters: Alicia Talbot, Manager Blacktown Arts, Debbie Higgison, Solid Ground Education Project Officer + Uncle Wes Marne

Blacktown Arts Elders in Residence program places Elders and the community at the heart of our artistic program. Every Friday our senior men sit together in the public galleries of The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre to share knowledge, stories and making connections. This free, drop-in program is a place for the community to connect, do business and find family connections. This session outlines how the Elders program has invigorated the activation and curation of Blacktown Arts program and operations and shares cultural and practical details for organisations who are interested in setting up their own programs.

Kwop Wirin Aboriginal Art Exhibition
Presenter: Julie Barratt, DADAA, Richenda Prall, Rottnest Island Authority.

The aim of this presentation is to showcase an innovative arts project that took place at the Heritage Museum on Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), WA. The project was a first-time partnership between DADAA and Rottnest Island Authority. We worked with Aboriginal Artists with a disability to showcase their work in an inaugural exhibition a the Heritage Museum on Wadjemup. This brought arts and culture back to the island and was a significant step towards reconciliation.

First Nations Voices
Presenter: Thomas Readett

Join Thomas Readett, Ngarrindjeri man and Lead Artist & Director of TR Visual Arts for a session on First Nations voices. As an Aboriginal man, Thomas has led a life and career around deepening his identity through his Culture and Visual Arts. This presentation will educate audiences on best practice when it comes to either delivering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content or engaging an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist for a project from a First Nations lens. In 2023 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are still living with problematic stereotypes and challenges, this talk aims to unpack, educate and change problematic perspectives. Thomas will also talk to his career in the arts and where he is at now.

Other Spaces
Presenter: Megan Rowland, Team Leader Creative Development, Creative Arts, Sunshine Coast Council
A conversation about the potential of independent, experimental and alternative spaces for activation, place-making and regional development. Hear the unlikely story of a bus terminal, old lock up and abandoned TAFE site in transforming arts infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast. Consider the challenges, unique possibilities and significance of reimagined spaces and collaborative approaches in building cultural capital for communities and places in a fast-growing regional setting. Can we imagine new models and find more space for making, experiencing and talking about art?”

Post Office Projects
Presenter: Eleanor Scicchitano, Director, Post Office Projects

Introducing Post Office Projects, a new, curator-run, volunteer arts organisation in Port Adelaide. Launched in 2021, POP comprises artist studios, residencies, workshops and two exhibitions space. This presentation discusses the goals and programming frameworks that guide our work, and our flexible, artist-led approach to our activity.

Celebrating Community Run Spaces in Campbelltown
Presenters: Helen Bock, Community Development Officer, Campbelltown Council and James Parker, Chairperson, Campbelltown ArtHouse.

Why have a Gallery run by Community? Why have a Gallery run by Artists? What difference does it make? What sort of space/s can be turned into a Gallery? What do Artists need from a Gallery Space? Is selling Art important?
James and Helen will share and discuss the journey that has been taken by The Campbelltown ArtHouse in bringing art into the local community’s lives. They will share the challenges & celebrations, the relationship with Council, and why Community based, and artists run spaces are important and how to keep the vision going.

Making Good – A Coalition for Change
Presenters: Dr Karen Annett-Thomas, Assistant Director and Amelia Wallin, Curator, both from the La Trobe Art Institute.
What follows the collective challenges of the global pandemic? What practices might we shed, and what will be their replacement?
Making Good: A Coalition for Change was a year long project, led by La Trobe Art Institute, which mobilised the potential for change within institutions globally. Bringing together seven Australian and three international artists and curators, alongside the La Trobe Art team, Making Good manifested as a series of residencies and conversations online and in person that addressed the changed environment in which we live and work.
In this presentation, Karen and Amelia will share the knowledge, lessons and learnings gleaned from this project.

“Flipping the Gaze”: Centring First Nations knowledge, perspectives and experiences with arts-led learning.
Presenter: Fiona Salmon, Director, Flinders University Museum of Art

Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) is custodian to one of the largest public art collections in South Australia. It spans the 15th to 21st centuries and comprises over 8,000 Australian and international works of art including many by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. In this session hear about FUMA’s efforts to activate these works in higher education contexts. Focusing on projects co-designed with First Nations colleagues and others, it presents art-led learning as an approach that is meaningfully engaging students with First Nations knowledges, perspectives and experiences and supporting educators in this process.

Harbingers: A mentorship and commissioning initiative as a signal for success.
Presenters: Lauren Mustillo, Visual Arts Manager, Country Arts SA and Fulvia Mantelli, Team Leader Arts Development + Director, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

The SPUR: Regional Curatorial Mentorship and culminating exhibition HARBINGERS: Care or Catastrophe evolved over two years, giving two regional arts workers the opportunity to participate in the creation of an exhibition through the process of direct curatorial engagement. Commissioning all new works by five South Australian artists, the initiative’s framework centred on relationships and professional development outcomes, aiming to nurture networks between artists, curators and galleries that reached further than Adelaide and beyond any one region. This presentation will position SPUR as an innovative professional development and commissioning model and share the learnings, strengths, challenges as well as processes and practical considerations.

Podcasting for Galleries
Presenter: Jane Curtis, Podcast Producer

Discover the podcasts that galleries are making in Australia and overseas. Tackle tricky questions like What’s the podcast only our gallery can make? and Who’s our podcast audience? This workshop is a combination of listening, slideshows, and worksheets. You’ll leave with a podcast brief for your gallery, a resource guide, and a gallery playlist to listen to on the way home. Suitable if you're new to podcasts through to being a regular podcast listener. Strictly Limited Numbers for this session open only to those delegates who book in.

Amelia Wallin Amelia Wallin La Trobe Art Institute
Dr Karen Annett-Thomas Dr Karen Annett-Thomas La Trobe Art Institute
Alicia Talbot Alicia Talbot The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
Debbie Higgison Debbie Higgison Solid Ground Program
Uncle Wes Marne Uncle Wes Marne Artist
Megan Rowland Megan Rowland ArtsCoast
Fiona Salmon Fiona Salmon FUMA
Julie Barratt Julie Barratt DADAA
Richenda Prall Richenda Prall Wadjemup/Rottnest Island
James Parker James Parker Campbelltown Arthouse
Helen Bock Helen Bock Campbelltown City Council
Eleanor Scicchitano Eleanor Scicchitano Post Office Projects
Lauren Mustillo Lauren Mustillo Country Arts SA
Fulvia Mantelli Fulvia Mantelli Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Jane Curtis Jane Curtis Audio Documentary Producer
Thomas Readett Thomas Readett Artist
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Special Event

Regional SA Creative Showcase - The HarMummies Performance
This unique presentation will include a curated selection from The HarMummies’ repertoire that reflects their creative journey as well as their shared experience as mothers. Songs will be interspersed with reflections on the choir’s origin story, the fostering of group and individual artistic expression, everyday practicalities and challenges, and the incredible support network that comes from the shared choral experience. Singing together as a group brings a joy and connectedness; come share our experience.

The Harmummies The Harmummies Performers
2:30 pm - 4:45 pm Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Session Three

Regional Arts Australia -The Next 80 Years – A Strategic Update from RAA
Executive Director Ros Abercrombie will present a strategic overview for Regional Arts Australia.

Keynote Panel - Tarnanthi: The Role of Galleries in Developing Festivals
Presenters: Nici Cumpston OAM, Marika Davies and Samantha Yates
Galleries achieve so much beyond their own four walls and festivals are a great way to create multi-faceted impact – for artists, for the gallery, for the community and for local business. Join Barkandji artist and Tarnanthi Artistic Director Nici Cumpston OAM, Wangkangurru artist and Tarnanthi Regional Curator Marika Davies, and Tarnanthi Producer of Taungurung heritage Samantha Yates, to talk about Tarnanthi, one of Australia’s leading First Nations Arts Festivals – presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia. They will discuss the festival’s success and challenges and the role of galleries in developing and nurturing events that benefit both artists culturally and economically.

Ros Abercrombie Ros Abercrombie Regional Arts Australia
Nici Cumpston OAM Nici Cumpston OAM Art Gallery of SA
Marika Davies Marika Davies First Nations Curator
3:45 am - 4:15 pm

Afternoon Tea

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Breakout Session Two

Cultural Safety: Platforming First Nations art in the Public Domain
Presenters: Bec Cole and Isobel Morphy-Walsh, NETS Victoria.

Can non-Indigenous organisations present First Nations art within a culturally safe framework? NETS Victoria’s Billboards project was a new form of exhibition centred around three First Nations artists, Amrita Hepi, Steven Rhall and Lisa Waup with First Nations curator Jenna Rain Warwick. This presentation will highlight the work NETS Victoria has done as a non-Indigenous led organisation, positioning and highlighting First Nations contemporary art. Hear from Chair of NETS Victoria Bec Cole and Board member Isobel Morphy-Walsh about the development and presentation of the Billboards project, as well as some reflections on its outcome and challenges faced along the way.

Transformation from Regional Gallery to Arts Precinct
Presenter: Dr Martina Mrongovius PhD, Art Producer, Lakes Art Precinct, Lake Macquarie City Council.

Relocating from New York City to Awabakal Country (Lake Macquarie, NSW), I was tasked with developing the Lake Arts Precinct. Council wanted a strategy; I needed to listen and learn. Many locals were unconformable, uninterested or unaware of their art gallery. The precinct needed to puncture audience barriers. We launched the Multi-Arts Pavilion mima – a versatile space for digital arts and performance and reimagined the MAC yapang Sculpture Park. Seeking artists to create new works we heard requests for development support and opportunities for experimentation. Collaborating with artists and academics we designed strategically to deepen connections. Opportunities emerged and audiences responded.

Sharing the National Collection Program
Presenters: Tracey CooperLavery Head, Sharing the National Collection, National Gallery of Australia and Adam Lindsay, Projects Director, National Gallery of Australia.

Join the team from the National Gallery of Australia for an outline of the relevant aspects of Sharing the National Collection, a new program that funds artworks from the national collection to be placed on long-term loan to regional and suburban institutions across Australia. This program is a centrepiece of Revive, the National Cultural Policy, and a welcome addition to the way in which the National Gallery of Australia can work with galleries across the country to democratise access to art.

Regional Showcase

The Regional Showcase Program is designed to showcase the great work undertaken by artists and arts workers in regional SA. This program has been funded by Country Arts SA.

Beyond the Local – A Regional Mentorship
Presenters: Margaret Worth and Kirsten Johnston

As well as challenges of time and money, accessibility and opportunity, regional artists face the challenge of limited perceptions of what is possible for artists. Very few role models of professional career artists exist for those who wish to take their practice beyond a regional focus. The mentorship between Kirsten Johnston and Margaret Worth addressed this issue among other mentoring elements. This discussion will examine the outcomes of mentorship for both a regional artist and, also significantly, a regional mentor.

The Art of Recovery
Presenters: Katrina Korossy

How can art be a foundation for recovery. Join artist Katrina Korossy as she provides insight into her experience using art to recover from a car accident, which left her with a brain injury. She will talk about the process of creating something beautiful out of a horrible experience and how she now uses her art to help others.

Djaa Djuwima
Presenter: Janet Bromley, Bendigo Venues and Events, City of Bendigo

Join Janet Bromley in a conversation about the long haul to establish a First Nations Gallery in Bendigo. A collaboration between First Nations community and City of Greater Bendigo from the Reconciliation Action Plan to the Creative Strategy and the building of relationships. There were hurdles to get over and long circular conversations that at times seemed endless. Hear about how barriers and fears were overcome, supporting the aspirations to move local First Nations art into the tourist precinct. Djaa Djuwima gallery occupies a space in the Visitors Centre and offers exhibition and workshops of traditional and contemporary First Nations art.

Kanangoor / Shimmer Exhibition Insight
Presenters: Amanda Bell, Badimia and Yued Artist and Curator and Lee Kinsella, Curator at University of Western Australia

In co-curating this exhibition, Amanda Bell and Lee Kinsella seek to grapple with the intangible operations of power as they operate within the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia. Together, they recognise that this is uncomfortable and difficult territory, as the standard conventions within the Gallery are reconsidered and other opportunities for engagement tested.
Effectively, both the content of the exhibition and process by which we realise it, constantly teeters on the periphery of the familiar. To deal with difficult moments and to face that sense of being uncomfortable; to be off-balance, and to address questions about ‘why’? There is risk.

Redevelopment of Central Goldfields Gallery
Presenter: Helen Kaptein, Central Goldfields Shire

Engagement with the local and broader community is central to the work of Central Goldfields Art Gallery in Central Victoria. The public art gallery, which is owned and operated by Central Goldfields Shire Council, has undergone a $2.28 million redevelopment and reopened in March 2023. A variety of indoor spaces have been designed by award winning architects Nervegna Reed to increase access to art, the permanent collection and spaces for art making. An adjoining outdoor Indigenous Interpretative Garden, designed by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation will open in 2024. This session will focus on the central question of community activation in a regional public art gallery with learnings shared and possible ideas for exchange encouraged from the audience.

Creating a New Future for an Historic Art House
Presenter: Tori Dixon-Whilttle, CEO, The Cedars, Hans Heysen Foundation
The Cedars is the national cultural award-winning estate of Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968) and family including artist daughter Nora Heysen (1911-2003). Now open to the public under the custodianship of the Hans Heysen Foundation, it is filled with the original art and objects from the Heysen Collection. The Foundation was recently granted $9,000,000 to build a new contemporary art gallery, gift store and bushfireproof collection storage. Cedars’ CEO Tori Dixon-Whittle will take you behind-the-scenes of the Cedars’ journey from hidden-secret, family home to international cultural tourism destination, exploring what it takes to create large scale relevant and sustainable change

Art Gallery South Australia Tour
Join Curators from the Art Gallery of South Australia for Guided Tour of the Elder Wing Exhibition.

Strictly Limited Numbers for this session open only to those delegates who book in.

The Art of Recovery
Presenters: Katrina Korossy
How can art be a foundation for recovery. Join artist Katrina Korossy as she provides insight into her experience using art to recover from a car accident, which left her with a brain injury. She will talk about the process of creating something beautiful out of a horrible experience and how she now uses her art to help others.

Tracy Cooper-Lavery Tracy Cooper-Lavery National Gallery of Australia
Adam Lindsay Adam Lindsay National Gallery of Australia
Kat Korossy Kat Korossy Artist
Tori Dixon-Whittle Tori Dixon-Whittle The Cedars
Isobel Morphy-Walsh Isobel Morphy-Walsh NETS Victoria
Bec Cole Bec Cole NETS Victoria
Lee Kinsella Lee Kinsella The University of Western Australia
Amanda Bell Amanda Bell Presenter
Dr Martina Mrongovius Dr Martina Mrongovius Holographic Art Expert
Kirsten Johnston Kirsten Johnston Artist
Janet Bromley Janet Bromley Artist
Nici Cumpston OAM Nici Cumpston OAM Art Gallery of SA
Marika Davies Marika Davies First Nations Curator
Margaret Worth Margaret Worth Artist
5:40 pm - 8:00 pm Illuminate Festival, Adelaide

Illuminate Showcase

Keynote Presentation - Lighting Up The City with Illuminate Adelaide
Illuminate is Australia’s newest major winter event, lighting up the streets of Adelaide for the month of July. Returning in 2023 the event promises to be bigger, brighter and bolder – a beacon, an invitation, a city-wide spectacle of art, light sound and imagination. Join Illuminate Co-Founders and Creative Directors Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge as they discuss the event’s evolution and provide some insight on this year’s program.

Illuminate Adelaide Presentation: Resonate + Informal Base Camp Dinner
Delegates are invited to the Botanic Gardens to enjoy the wonders of Illuminate Adelaide first hand. A complimentary ticket to experience Resonate will be provided - specially developed art experience, which is part of the Illuminate Adelaide program. Guests will be tantalised with light, sound and atmosphere, with six all-new installations along a night time trail through the Gardens. Created by Moment Factory exclusively for Illuminate Adelaide, this is a must-see event!
Following Resonate, Delegates are invited to enjoy a casual dinner at Illuminate Adelaide’s central food and beverage hub, Base Camp in Rundle Park / Kadlitpina. Delegates will be provided with a voucher to purchase a complimentary supper at a food vendor of their choosing and invited to purchase drinks from the bar.
Dress warm - it will be atmospheric but chilly!

Lee Cumberlidge Lee Cumberlidge Illumiate
Rachael Azzopardi Rachael Azzopardi Illuminate
8:30 am - 9:45 am Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Session Four

Keynote Panel - Our Digital Futures: Lot Fourteen Innovators
Panellists: Mandi Dimitiradis – Director of Learning, Maker’s Empire, Anton Andreacchio - Co-Founder, Convergen and Jumpgate, Thomas Hajdu – CEO, Disrupter and Director, Sia Furler Institute and Kristin Alford – Director, MOD.

Join innovators and creators from Lot Fourteen who will talk about the latest creative interventions in the digital space. Our panellists are at the cutting edge of digital creativity and this is a rare opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and how these translate into artistic experiences via case studies and first hand experiences. An amazing opportunity to think about what the future may hold from the people who are influencing and creating.

Keynote Panel - Mark Making
Panellists: Anderson Hunt – Founder and Artistic Director, Down Street Studios, Kristal Matthews, artist Wilay Designs

Our panel of public artists and curators will talk about the nature and importance of mark making in the context of art, community and heritage. The session will focus on the convergence of heritage and art - in the context of responding to place and why this is important. Galleries, artists, developers, designers and other stakeholders often collaborate on the creation, promotion of and engagement with artworks outside their facilities and within the public realm. Why is this important, what is the role of the artist and curators and what are the key things that we should be thinking about when making these marks on the world – acknowledging heritage and making history anew!

Anton Andreacchio Anton Andreacchio Convergen and Jumpgate
Polly Dance Polly Dance Curator and Arts Writer
Anderson Hunt Anderson Hunt Down Street Studios
Mandi Dimitriadis Mandi Dimitriadis Learning Makers Empire
Professor Thomas Hajdu Professor Thomas Hajdu University of Adelaide
Dr Kristin Alford Dr Kristin Alford Director of MOD
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Morning Tea

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Breakout Session Three

Out of the Darkness: Elevating Survivor Stories Presenter: Julie McLaren, Curator, Art Gallery Ballarat.

Art can be a powerful transformative tool for conversation and change within a traumatised community. The regional city of Ballarat was one of the main sites examined in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In 2021 Art Gallery of Ballarat hosted the exhibition Out of the darkness: A survivor’s response. Curator Julie McLaren will explore what worked, what didn’t and what she would do differently on an exhibition encompassing such challenging themes. She will also discuss how the exhibition will support the design of a permanent memorial to survivors of sexual abuse in Ballarat.

Burrinja – Crisis Relief, A Case Study
Presenter: Gareth Hart, Creative Director/CEO, Burrinja Cultural Centre

In June 2021, a devastating, destructive storm tore through the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, rendering much of the community without power for 6 weeks. As an offer to the community, Burrinja opened its doors, and delivered numerous creative programs and venue uses transforming a creative hub into a place for social connection, solace, respite and reflection. This gesture redefined Burrinja’s long standing practice of responding to community need. The residue of this is an ongoing suite of creative-led programs and projects that set a new agenda for the organisation. This short presentation will outline and reflect on many of these.

Regional Showcase

The Regional Showcase Program is designed to showcase the great work undertaken by artists and arts workers in regional SA. This program has been funded by Country Arts SA
Life Drawing for Beginners
Presenters April Hague and Jane Van Eeten

Ever wanted to have a go at drawing the figure? These experienced artists and art teachers will show you how. In a fast-tracked learning process, learn to use tricks and tools of the trade to sketch the human figure with accuracy and style. Between the two of them, Jane and April have been teaching for over 70 years and run hugely popular life drawing sessions at their local art gallery, so they know their stuff! All materials provided, as well as a lot of fun no doubt, don't miss this.
Strictly Limited Numbers for this session open only to those delegates who book in.

A Playground for Democracy Presenter: Liz Grandmaison, PhD Candidate, Flinders University

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a playground for democracy? Someplace challenging yet safe and accessible. A public ‘sandbox’ where folks could use objects and stories to learn and practice skills like deep listening, arguing without fighting, looking and seeing from different perspectives and sitting with discomfort where the stakes are low. We already have these spaces: galleries, libraries and museums.
Drawing on GLAM case studies and scholarly literature, this presentation will demonstrate how principles from critical pedagogies and radical democratic practices can be used together to tackle audience development, creative inclusion and the practice of democracy in tandem.

Social Foundations Thinking for Cultural Institutions Presenter: Tully Barnett, Flinders University

In addition to the economic benefits of arts and culture, research into the social foundations offer new or renewed frames of thinking about value and evaluation in the cultural sector. This includes heterodox economics approaches, the push for a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for arts and culture, the cultural rights agenda, and notions of human flourishing beyond health and happiness. This presentation reports on new research around ideas of social foundations and their applicability for understanding and communicating the value of arts and culture and framing and implementing local, state and federal cultural policy.

Arts + Health Infrastructure: Building Together
Presenter: Brigette Uren, Program Director Health Infrastructure NSW

When arts and conventional gallery spaces step outside industry conventions, the potential for the arts to flourish are endless. This presentation offers a cross industry practice case study through the lens of Health Infrastructure NSW and explores diverse communities across metropolitan, regional and remote New South Wales, the cultural partnerships that have guided the program and the impacts for improved social connectedness, health and wellbeing.

How to Manage a Gallery (Shop): A Toolkit for Cultural Professionals.
Presenter: Richard Harling

This session is for cultural professionals that might be contemplating starting a retail offer in their cultural organisation, already have one that is not living up to expectations or perhaps have a great retail space but are keen to develop skills and learn the professional language to better mange their space effectively. This session is designed to give participants the understanding, practical tools and templates to make immediate positive change to their retail operations or to be able to assess and plan for the development of or expansion of a retail offering.
Be ready to be hands on as we cover topics including: • Understanding the realities of “cultural commerce” • Developing and using retail metrics and benchmarks to provide visibility and management control. • The key tools for optimising sales and performance • Fundamentals of product ranging and the role of product development • Putting in place the key action orientated retail reports every retail manager needs and how to use them in your shop and with your staff. • Recognising opportunity – the call-to-buy, alignment, customer segments and revenue forecasting. • Point of Sale systems – the good the bad and the ugly. • Creating and implementing relevant customer service standards Strictly Limited Numbers for this session open only to those delegates who book in.

Brigette Uren Brigette Uren Health Infrastructure NSW
Liz Grandmaison Liz Grandmaison Flinders University
Gareth Hart Gareth Hart Burrinja
Julie McLaren Julie McLaren Art Gallery of Ballarat
Tully Barnett Tully Barnett Flinders University
Jane van Eeten Jane van Eeten Artist
April Hague April Hague Artist
Richard Harling Richard Harling
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm


1:40 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout Session Four

Unpacking Gallery Memberships
Presenters: Robert Heather, Art Gallery NSW and Tony Grybowski, Tony Grybowski and Associates
This session asks what makes museum membership programs more relevant than ever in the 21st century and how they can provide art galleries and museums with an opportunity to raise revenue, grow audiences, increase visitor engagement and create a community around their institution. Taking the lessons learned from the recent membership development planning done by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales in the lead-up to the opening of the new Sydney Modern Project building, this session will look at how they can be applied to small, medium or large art museums.

Three Decades of Craft and Design
Presenters: Lisa Cahill, Australian Design Centre and Brian Parkes, JamFactory SA

Join Brian Parkes and Lisa Cahill in a conversation that spans three decades in 30 minutes! Together they’ll discuss the highlights and controversies, current state of play and future aspirations for exhibiting and touring creative practice; growing the sector; and giving audiences experiences of craft and design that enrich their lives. Asking each other curly questions about the past, present and future for craft and design this promises to be a not to miss session!

Digital Engagement – A New Paradigm for Creative Spaces
Presenter: Justine van Mourik, Deputy Director Engagement and Jill McKenzie, Manager Projects and Programs, South Australian Museum

Technology has disrupted the way that we have traditionally created, displayed, and experienced exhibitions and events. Digital engagement represents a range of new and exciting methodologies for venues to access, create and present exhibitions while offering more sustainable methods for touring that lower carbon footprint and expense. In this presentation, we’ll discuss recent examples of digital engagement projects presented at and by the South Australian Museum and the possibilities of digital technology to create new worlds and new paradigms for touring and audience engagement.

Rethinking Participation – OSCA Projects In and Outside the Gallery
Presenter: Paul Gazzola, Artistic Director / CEO, OSCA

How do place-specific participatory art projects advance more openly inclusive platforms of participation and greater community engagement? And when we say inclusion, who is really accepting this invitation? Drawing on Paul’s PHD research into models of socially engaged temporary art linked to his artistic practice; Paul will unpack a series of recent OSCA projects and discuss how the knowledge, evolving methodologies and information gained, informs the development of future works.

Regional Showcase
The Regional Showcase Program is designed to showcase the great work undertaken by artists and arts workers in regional SA. This program has been funded by Country Arts SA
Making the Leap from Screen to Gallery: Custom Hardware for Digital Artists
Presenter: Orlando Mee

Orlando will share learnings from his 2022 Catapult mentorship under creative technologist Tim Gruchy.
"As an artist producing mostly digital content, I wanted to find ways of bringing my work into galleries which might not have the infrastructure to support multimedia works. With Tim's guidance, I learned to build and program my own custom devices which function as art objects in their own right."
From building electronic sculptures out of modified plastic toys to developing and producing homebrew cartridges for the Nintendo Game Boy, this talk explores ways for digital artists to transition their practice into the physical world.
Encounter with the Otherworldly
Presenter: Monika Morgenstern

Artists have become the translators of the transcendent in a secular world. Art, at best, is the visual representation of condensed thoughts and ideas and contemporary artists increasingly tackle the subject of ‘meaning’ through art. Exhibition spaces can create an atmosphere of ineffability and facilitate a feeling of enchantment in a difficult to navigate world. We do not have to look to the explicitly supernatural to create an opportunity for a numinous encounter. Galleries already have the ingredients needed. Space, light and sound can all help to create an atmosphere in with the otherworldly can be experienced.

Workshop: Culture Dose for Kids
Presenters: Dr Dianne Macdonald, Blackdog Institute and Danielle Gullotta, Art Gallery NSW.

This engaging and interactive workshop presents a gallery-based wellbeing program, Culture Dose for Kids (CDK). CDK is a collaboration between the AGNSW and the Black Dog Institute (mental health researchers) to support young people with anxiety and their parent’s mental health. Attendees will learn about the program, take part in thematic artwork/discussions, and is followed by a tactile art creation exercise. Expected outcomes for participants include improved wellbeing, a sense of calm (based on parent feedback from pilot programs), and increased knowledge of the program and its benefits.
Strictly Limited Numbers for this session open only to those delegates who book in.

Robert Heather Robert Heather Art Gallery Society of NSW
Tony Grybowski Tony Grybowski Tony Grybowski and Associates
Dr Jill MacKenzie Dr Jill MacKenzie South Australian Museum
Justine van Mourik Justine van Mourik South Australian Museum
Paul Gazzola Paul Gazzola Open Space Contemporary Arts
Lisa Cahill Lisa Cahill Australian Design Centre
Brian Parkes Brian Parkes JamFactory
Monika Morgenstern Monika Morgenstern Artist
Dr Diane Macdonald Dr Diane Macdonald Black Dog Institue
Orlando Mee Orlando Mee Breakout Presenter
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Australian Space Discovery Centre

Afternoon Tea & Optional Activity

Optional activity during this time is to visit the Australian Space Discovery Centre.

3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Session Five

Keynote Address - Traces and Places, a Guide to Cybernetic Futures
Presenter: Andrew Meares
Our final keynote address comes from award-winning photojournalist and educator, Andrew Mears. As the Cybernetic Futures Lead a the School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University (ANU), Andrew understands the intersection between technology, creativity and culture and believes the questions we asked of our future. throughout history may still be relevant today. This final session promises to surprise, challenge and inspire.

Thinker In Residence Address - What’s Next?
How often do we walk away from a Summit thinking “what’s next?” With this in mind the Creative Spaces Summit organisers recruited the help of Jade Lillie to be our Summit “Thinker in Residence”. Jade will be traversing lots of the Summit sessions, listening to speakers and listening to delegates – the ideas, the conversations, the worries! At the conclusion of the event Jade will prepare a report for the National Public Galleries Alliance – capturing the key issues, ideas and opportunities for us to consider on a national level.
Jade will make a short presentation on her preliminary observations from the Summit.

Andrew Meares Andrew Meares Australian National University
Jade Lillie Jade Lillie Thinker in Residence
4:20 pm - 4:45 pm Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Summit Close

Official thank-you and closing comments.


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