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Forum update 2: all about the speakers

22 Aug

  On 1 September 2014, together with our event partner the Cultural Facilities Corporation, we’ll be presenting the Arts Leadership Forum, our only forum for the year. Biographical details for our presenters, panelists and MCs are below. Daniel Ballantyne Daniel is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Belconnen Arts Centre. He has 20 years’ experience […]

Forum update 1: the speakers

2 Aug

As announced earlier, this year the Childers Group has partnered with the Cultural Facilities Corporation to present the Arts Leadership Forum 2014. We are now very pleased to announce that as well as David Fishel, speakers and panellists will include: Daniel Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer, Belconnen Arts Centre Shane Breynard, Director, ACT Museums and Galleries […]


25 Jul

We hope you can join us for a half-day forum that tackles the big issues for the future of arts leadership in our region, and the nation. We have gathered some of the best and brightest arts leaders to help us take on the task, including cultural leadership guru, David Fishel, speakers from the Australia […]

News and reviews for the arts in the ACT

5 Jul

Two brief though important news items for the arts in the ACT: as part of ‘new administrative arrangements for the ACT‘, the Childers Group understands that artsACT has been moved from the Community Services Directorate to the Economic Development Directorate. Ms Joy Burch remains the Minister for the Arts; and the ACT Government’s ACT Arts […]

The 2014-2015 Australian budget: where to from here for the arts?

17 May

The Childers Group is very concerned about the 2014-2015 Australian Budget and how it might impact on the development, sustainability, and vitality of the arts. It has been reported that this budget, if passed through the Senate, would cut $87M from the arts sector, primarily from the Australia Council for the Arts and Screen Australia. […]

Is it right here, right now, that we will reinvent the ACT’s culture of arts review and criticism?

26 Oct

If you write a book, or choreograph a dance, or compose a song, or produce a play or film, and no one reviews it, could it be that you never created it in the first place? In a way that’s what was discussed at this year’s Childers Group forum.  Focussing on the Role of the […]


12 Sep

Claiming the date: our next forum is just around the corner!

29 Jun

The Childers Group has been busy beavering away behind the scenes, contributing a submission to the development of the ACT Government’s budget for 2013/2014, providing feedback on the resultant budget, and also attending the associated ACT Legislative Assembly hearing process (we hope to be able to link to the Hansard report shortly).  However, we’re also […]

We expand our expertise

25 Mar

We are delighted to announced that we’ve expanded our areas of expertise, adding writer/educator Rosanna Stevens, singer-songwriter/musician James Fahy, and long-term arts worker Meredith Hinchliffe. All of us who are involved in the arts are currently enjoying this extraordinary air of celebration in the ACT region.  It’s so important as a network of creative communities […]


24 Feb

The Childers Group, the only arts advocacy body for the ACT region, has joined ArtsPeak, the confederation of Australian peak arts organisations.  This is an exciting opportunity for us.  Since our establishment in 2011 we have found our feet and started to have a real impact on the development of the arts and cultural life […]