Conference Material

2018 Making Space


Making Space  – Opening Keynote

Speaker – Sigal Cohen, Avshalom Pollak Dance Theatre

Making Space  – Keynote 

Speaker – Dr. Gill Hicks

Making Space  – Keynote

Speaker – Dr. Richard Walley

2017 Outside, In


Content will be released progressively over the coming months.


2017 Conference Highlights:

Outside, In  – Keynote

Speaker – Jennifer Whelan

Outside, In  – Keynote

Speaker – Dee Madigan

Outside, In  – Keynote

Speaker – Sarah Houbolt

Outside, In  – Keynote

Speaker – Benjamin Law

Outside, In  – Getting Local Government to Give a Sh!t Session 

Outside, In  – Robyn Archer, Reflections Part 1

Outside, In  – Robyn Archer, Reflections Part 2

2016 The New Normal


Is change the new constant? In a period of upheavel and uncertainty in the arts industry, the 2016 APACA Conference will explored ways in which we can be agile, resilient and responsive in both our work environment and the broader cultural landscape. Exploring a range of issues on social entrepreneurship, buyer behaviour, cultural diversity, contemporary music touring and strategies for managing and adapting to change at an organisational and personal level, we also continued to support indigenous work, reflecting on outcomes from the Australia Council’s research into the presentation of indigenous work Showcasing Creativity.

The New Normal – Opening Keynote

Speaker – Kath Mainland, Melbourne Festival

Cultural Protocols for Presenting Indigenous Work

Speakers – Rhoda Roberts & Lee-Anne Buckskin

Surviving and Thriving in the New Normal

Speaker: Dr Jennifer Frahm

Showcasing Creativity – First Nations Work

Speakers: Lydia Miller, Jackie Bailey, Hung-Yen & Mandy Whitford

Where to Next? The Past, Present and Future of Presenting

Speakers: Christine Dunstan, David Anderson, Ben Graetz & Anne-Marie Heath

So… Is there a New Normal?

Speaker: John Knell

2015 Mobilise: Creating Momentum



In a global environment where arts organisations are facing greater challenges to artistic and financial sustainability than ever before the 2015 conference MOBILISE, embodied the sense of positive momentum required for organisations, audiences and the industry as whole.

Keynote Address

Michael Kaiser, De Vos Institute


How do we institute change in the culture of our organisations in order to maximise innovation and creativity in both our output and our business models? How do we create the perfect team and get the best out of them?

Speaker – Mary Vallentine AO, Melbourne Recital Centre

Speaker – Louise Herron AM, Sydney Opera House


How do we improve our advocacy for the arts in the light of the next federal election. What tools and skills do we require to be successful?

Speaker – Paul Oosting, Get Up!

Speaker – David Magill, GM Holden


Mobilise ourselves as arts leaders. What professional development do we need and how do we progress our individual careers?

Speaker – Wendy McCarthy AO, Circus Oz

Speaker – Matt Cowdroy, Think Productive


How do we develop audiences, not only mobilising them to attend, but increasing the depth of their engagement?

Speakers – Amanda Coombe & Jody Evans

Speaker – Rosie Dennis, Urban Theatre Projects

Speaker – Heather Dransfield, Arts on Tour


Speaker – Duncan M Webb, Webb Management Services