Our work

Please note this list is intended to provide a summary of the Childers Group activities to-date, and is not a complete list of all the work we do.

2015:

  • advocacy to the Australian Government and Federal Opposition about the budget cuts to the arts and the proposed ‘National Programme for Excellence in the Arts’ and the implications for the broader sector
  • participation in the ACT Government’s Arts Policy Review Reference Group, and we are continuing to advocate for importance of this review including consultations with the arts community in general as well as the broader community
  • advocacy to the ACT Government about opportunities for cultural tourism in the ‘CBR Region’
  • advocacy to the ACT Government about the importance of ‘arts service organisations’
  • two networking forums held

2014:

  • we held our fourth public forum, ‘Arts Leadership 2015’, in partnership with the Cultural Facilities Corporation – with a wide range of presenters and well over 100 participants engaged across an afternoon and evening, this was our biggest forum to-date
  • collaborated with the Cultural Facilities Corporation on ‘The Board Launch and Conversation’, with author, arts strategist and board expert David Fishel; and Director, National Museum of Australia Dr Mathew Trinca, as well as collaborated on the accompanying board workshop
  • prepared advocacy about the Australian Government’s Budget 2014/2015 and the missed opportunities/negative consequences for the arts
  • advocated for the ACT Book of the Year award to continue to include writers who live in regional NSW communities and can demonstrate a contribution to the ACT
  • provided a submission on the 2015/2016 ACT Budget consultation process, advocating for a range of policy ideas and actions, and presented this material through the Estimates process, ACT Legislative Assembly
  • met with the board of the Cultural Facilities Corporation

2013:

  • held our third forum, ‘The Role of the Arts Critic’, Gorman House Arts Centre, attended by 85 people
  • provided a submission to the NSW Government’s development of its arts and cultural policy, advocating for a range of policy ideas and actions
  • provided a submission on the 2014/2015 ACT Budget consultation process, advocating for a range of policy ideas and actions
  • advocacy for the retention of the ACT Book of the Year Award
  • published an article with ArtsHub about the importance of arts advocacy in the lead-up to the 2013 federal election
  • met with the ACT Government regarding the importance of arts and cultural tourism

2012:

  • held our second forum, which provided an opportunity for the three main political parties in the ACT to present their respective arts policies, with questions from the various art-form sectors; held at the Canberra Museum and Gallery
  • advocated for Writing Australia to continue to have its headquarters in the ACT, including through correspondence to the Australia Council for the arts and the ACT Cultural Council
  • provided a submission on the 2012/2013 ACT Budget consultation process, advocating for a range of policy ideas and actions
  • provided a submission on artsACT’s draft Arts Policy Framework
  • held our first forum, ‘Burning Issues and Radical Ideas’, which was attended by approximately 150 people, including Robyn Archer, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, and two members of the ACT Legislative Assembly; held at the Street Theatre
  • wrote a 1200-word opinion piece highlighting the importance of celebrating the ACT region’s artistic and cultural achievements, which was published by The Canberra Times in May 2012
  • released our ‘Vision for the Kingston Arts Precinct’ document
  • advocated for the ACT Government’s new Events ACT website to make reference to all art-forms
  • meetings with the board of the Cultural Facilities Corporation and the Canberra Business Council’s Small Business Taskforce
  • met with The Canberra Times about the importance of employing professional arts journalists, including retention of the literary editor position
  • released our ‘Six Key Opportunities for the ACT region’ document, which included the Kingston Arts Precinct, the ANU School of Music, a dance hub, arts-in-education including an ACT-wide poetry slam program, and a world-class artist-in-residence program
  • twice met with MLAs representing the three main political parties in the ACT in the lead-up to the 2012 ACT Legislative Assembly election
  • advocated for the appropriate and sustainable funding of fine-art courses provided through NSW TAFE
  • distributed a variety of media releases, including on Geoffrey Rush being named Australian of the Year and Caroline Stacey being named ACT Artist of the Year

2011:

  • announced the formation of the Childers Group
  • various media interviews about the announcement

Ongoing:

  • meetings with a range of ACT Legislative Assembly members about the arts
  • various communications and updates via Facebook and Twitter
  • our members also write arts-related articles for various publications, including the Canberra Times (and related Fairfax Media newspapers) and ArtsHub.

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