Navigating the new cultural landscape, following reform of the arts and Local Government sectors, we take a collaborative and strategic approach...

Connecting Creatives, Councils and Communities


Museum of Contemporary Art
2000 NSW

Connecting Creatives, Councils and Communities

Event Details

Navigating the new cultural landscape, following reform of the arts and Local Government sectors, we take a collaborative and strategic approach to ensure a vibrant and inclusive culture.

The arts and culture sector is a mosaic of organisations, industries, private and public services. What is your purpose and where is your niche? Where do you fit in the scheme of things? How do you engage and collaborate? Which organisations are aligned with what you seek to deliver? How can you effectively work together?

There are numerous opportunities and resources available through collaborations. Ultimately, by establishing relationships based on common ground, we can leverage further reaching outcomes for and with communities.

Councils, Fit for the Future as creative collaborators:

Have you considered councils as a partner? It’s a great opportunity given each year councils invest $436m in NSW and $1,397.6m nationally, in arts and cultural services, programs and venues (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Councils across NSW have been reviewed to be ‘Fit for the Future’, which involves amalgamations and new collaborative approaches. As councils review their operations this forum will support councils and creative sectors collaborate, to ensure ongoing opportunities for communities to engage in arts and culture.

Arts Sector, the changing landscape

All spheres of government have reviewed their cultural priorities. This has implications on funding and support to arts organisations and creatives. What are the flow on effects to the sector and our communities? What positive strategies can we develop to ensure arts and cultural stakeholders continue to deliver sustainable and dynamic creative outcomes? 

With change on all fronts, this forum brings together representatives from across the sector/s, facilitating discussion to establish a collaborative and strategic way forward. 

This forum will:

  • Facilitate discussion and development of tangible strategies following the reform of The Arts and Local Government.
  • Explore implications of changes to government funding and priorities for the arts.
  • Address implications of council amalgamations on arts and culture, how councils work with their communities and the creative sector.
  • Provide strategic context across the industry, including relevant plans, policies and strategies to identify where you align. Identify key organisations leading and supporting the sector, including capacity building, funding and partnership opportunities. 
  • Guide you through a strategic framework to further develop your own collaborative strategy.
  • Identify solid leads to activate your initiatives and sustain your organisations/services.
  • Bring together a diverse mix of people looking to collaborate.


  • People with ideas for creative initiatives
  • Arts organisations
  • Services providers
  • Creative industries
  • Councils
  • Creative practitioners
  • Community organisations
  • Industry leaders
  • Government representatives
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Those looking to enter the industries

Make a day of it:

This event is presented by Strategic Artistry, which is also presenting a forum on Digital Strategies for Cultural Tourism following this session on the same day. Make a day of it as these sessions are designed to complement each other. 


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