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11 Dec

Established in November 2011, the Childers Group has now had its first birthday and to celebrate the Group’s released a summary of its advocacy actions to-date.  We formed last year to be a positive and well-considered voice for the arts in the ACT region. We believe that we’ve been able to do that, together with […]

A letter to the Hon. Barry O’Farrell concerning cuts to NSW TAFE fine-arts courses

20 Nov

The Hon. Barry O’Farrell, MP Premier NSW Government GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001 Dear the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, CUTS TO FINE-ARTS COURSES OFFERED BY NSW TAFE On the behalf of the Childers Group, an independent arts think-tank for the ACT region, I write to express considerable concern at reports that the NSW Government will […]

Forum No. 2: the guts of the discussion…and now it’s up to you to vote

8 Oct

On Wednesday 19 September 2012 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery Theatrette, the Childers Group held its second forum, organised for the lead-up to the ACT Legislative Assembly election (on 20 October).  The speakers were: Joy Burch, ACT Minister for the Arts; Vicki Dunne, ACT Opposition Spokesperson for the Arts; and Caroline Le Couteur, Greens […]

The Childers Group’s six key opportunities for the ACT region

18 Aug

MARKET CANBERRA AS ‘THE CREATIVE CAPITAL’ There is a process underway to review the brand of Canberra.  A branding exercise needs to offer an insight, hopefully with a unique selling proposition.  With regard to Canberra we suggest the city should be positioned as ‘The Creative Capital’.  Why can we make such a bold claim and […]

The Childers Group’s vision for the Kingston Arts Precinct

31 Jul

In terms of the Kingston Arts Precinct, what is most important is that all those committed to the arts and cultural life of our region – especially the ACT Government – have a grand vision, a strategic overview, a long-term plan for what’s needed to develop this area as a lively precinct for arts activity […]


17 Jun

On Wednesday 18 April 2012 at The Street Theatre in Canberra, the Childers Group held its first forum, ‘The Arts in the ACT Region: Burning Issues and Radical Ideas’.  The invited special guests were: Robyn Archer, Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra; Vicki Dunne, ACT Opposite Spokesperson for the Arts; Yolande Norris, You Are […]

ACT a crucible of the arts

29 May

Throughout much of the past twelve months, across the suburbs of the National Capital and beyond, there has been a conversation.  It began in a lounge-room and was progressed in cafes and bars and restaurants and foyers, even spreading out to a pub in Goulburn.  At the core of this conversation was a question: does […]

WRITING AUSTRALIA should call National Capital home

25 Jan

In November 2011 concerned ACT region arts leaders formed a new voice for the arts. The CHILDERS GROUP advocacy is based on the principles of objectivity, independence, valuing the arts, and a pride in Australia’s national capital city and the region that surrounds it. The CHILDERS GROUP strongly advocates for Canberra to be the formal […]