As the annual conference for cultural governance, this year we are inviting delegates to navigate through conversations on Race and Decolonisation, Sustainability and Climate Emergency, and Ableism and Disability in relation to their governance priorities, practices and cultures.
We are offering 3 plenary sessions and a closing session across the 2 main conference days. The main conference activity takes place between 10am and 5pm each day, and the Hopin site will be open from 9am to 5:30pm throughout each day for delegates to network and browse resources.
- ‘Curating’ the Civic space in Climate Emergency
- What does good governance look like for our emerging futures in climate emergency?
- What does preparedness look like for our hyperlocal environments and how far does our wider responsibility extend to civic and systemic spaces?
- What kind of creativity and cultural work will make any difference and who needs to belong to that?
- We hear from colleagues in Melbourne, closer to the frontlines of climate emergency, who are cultivating interventions in the civic space engaging with intergenerational, systemic and activist approaches.
- We invite Ali Tickell (Founder and CEO of Julie's Bicycle) to offer a synopsis of what the outcomes of COP26 mean for ongoing sustainability work in the cultural sector, and we are joined by senior managers and creative pioneers currently navigating this complexity with their boards, sectors and publics.
- Re-designing cultural governance to challenge ableism
- Have we allowed ableism to dominate our governance spaces for too long? Why are there not more people with disabilities leading and participating in governance?
- How could we re-design our governance cultures, mindsets and practices to be more inclusive to deaf, neurodiverse and disabled people?
- We invite keynote speakers and presenters who have lived experience of ableism in its many guises in their work across strategy, policy, design and activism in the governance space.
- We will address assumptions and take the next steps to challenging and changing ableism in our cultural governance.
- Listen and act: De-colonising cultural governance
- What would it take to de-colonise governance in the cultural sector; who needs to engage, and what difference does that process need to make?
- Dr Priya Singh (Chair, NCVO) offers her keynote provocation: What is the ‘Now’ that we are talking about in relation to race and what part does governance play in that systemic picture?
- In partnership with Inc Arts, we invite a range of cultural professionals working at the heart of these current issues to share their insights, journeys and lived experiences.