Audience Experience Symposium

Free public lecture


Symposium Details

Keynote Speakers





Jude Kelly OBE - photography credit; Kieron McCarron


Where next for the audience? Should the artist be the audience and the audience the artist? Visiting UK speaker Jude Kelly will be speaking with panellists from Australian film, television, performing arts and museum organisations.

'Developing the audience and developing the artist go hand in hand, and the way in which audience and artist interact and interchange with each other is crucial to the development of artistic thinking', Jude Kelly 2011.

'Jude will be speaking with Tony Sweeney, Director of ACMI; Jenny Buckland, CEO of the Australian Children's Television Foundation; Carolyn Meehan, Manager of Marketing and Evaluation at the Melbourne Museum; and Erin Milne, General Manager of Arena Theatre Company.

Symposium Details

Date: Thursday, 27 October 2011
Time: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Venue: Deakin Melbourne City Centre, Address Level 3, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne

Keynote Speakers

Jude Kelly OBE
Jude Kelly is the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, Britain's largest cultural institution

She founded Solent People's Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, and was the Artistic Director of the York Festival and Mystery Plays. She later became the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 1997, she was awarded the OBE for her services to the theatre. She has directed over 100 productions including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, the English National Opera, the Châtalet in Paris and in the West End.

Jude left the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2002 to found Metal, which through its artistic laboratory spaces provides a platform where artistic hunches can be pursued in community contexts. It has creative bases in Liverpool and Southend-On-Sea. Jude is chair of Metal, member of the London Cultural Strategy Group, and is Visiting Professor at Kingston and Leeds Universities and the Hong Kong Centre for the Performing Arts. She is a member of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Board.

Tony Sweeney
Director of ACMI and previously the Director of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (UK)
Tony has an international reputation in the fields of film, television, education and new media, and wide experience as an innovator and driver of the relationship between the arts, creativity, technology and a variety of audiences.

Jenny Buckland
CEO of the Australian Children's Television Foundation
Jenny has played a key role in positioning the ACTF as a national children's media and policy hub, and growing the business to become one of the most successful international marketers of children's television programs. I

Carolyn Meehan
Manager Visitor Advocacy at Museum Victoria in Melbourne
Carolyn Meehan, Manager Market Research and Evaluation, Carolyn manages the extensive evaluation program at Museum Victoria, whose venues include Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum, IMAX and Royal Exhibition Building. Her team has conducted over 800 large and small scale research projects investigating motivations, barriers, profiles and satisfaction of audiences as well as effective exhibition experiences. Her work underpins Museum Victoria's visitor centric approach and makes her a significant practitioner in the field of evaluation and visitor research in cultural settings. Current areas of investigation include assistive devices in the exhibition experience and audience segmentation and how it informs tailored museum experiences.

Erin Milne
General Manager of Arena Theatre Company
Erin has worked in the youth arts sector, arts education and project management. Her current role brings these interests together with a range of arts management responsibilities, plus the producing aspects of working as a GM in a small theatre company.


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Symposium Convenors

Professor Deb Verhoeven


Professor Verhoeven is Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University

Deb is a Cinema Studies researcher (specialising in exhibition and distribution studies) and an enthusiastic proponent of the Digital Humanities. Her principal research interest lies in extending the limits of conventional film studies; exploring the intersection between cinema studies and other disciplines such as history, information management, geo-spatial science, statistics, urban studies and economics. Deb also has a prominent position in the Australian film industry. She was the inaugural Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) until July 2011. A former CEO of the Australian Film Institute, Professor Verhoeven is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association, the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI), an Honorary Life Member of Women in Film and Television, an executive member of the International Cinema Audiences Research Group (ICARG), a founding member of the Screen Economics Research Group (SERG) and the newly formed Australasian Association of the Digital Humanities (aaDH).

She is the author of Sheep and the Australian Cinema (MUP, 2006) and the recent monograph, Jane Campion (Routledge, 2009). She is currently co-authoring a book titled New Cinema History: A Guide for Researchers (Wiley), which argues that cinema history must better acknowledge the role that cinema plays in culture at large by concerning itself less with the individual text and more with the social context and experience of cinema-going.

Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb


Andrea is an Associate Professor(Research)in the field of cultural heritage. She is the Director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific and is on the Executive Commitee of the newly established Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention (CMII).

Andrea graduated with a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from Central Queensland University in 1997(her dissertation looked at the Australian National Maritime Museum and situated it within emerging practices in the new museology). She has a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and an Honours Degree in History from the University of Sydney. She worked as a social history curator in the lead up to the opening of the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and then at the National Museum of Australia. After completing her PhD she took up a lectureship in cultural heritage at the Research Institute for Cultural Heritage at Curtin University in Perth in 1996. She was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2000 and took up her present appointment as an Associate Professor in Deakin in late 2006. She is the author of Re-Imagining the Museum: Beyond the Mausoleum (Routledge, 2003) and with Chris Healy, the co-editor of South Pacific Museums: An Experiment in Culture (Monash e-press, 2006). Her latest book, co-written with Dr Kate Gregory is From the Barracks to the Burrup: The National Trust in Western Australia (University of NSW Press, 2010).

Her role at Deakin is to contribute to the further development of cultural heritage and museology, which is one of the flagship areas of the Faculty of Arts and Education through research activities, publications and postgraduate supervision. She also mentors early and mid career researchers and plays a role in the further development of research activity within the Faculty.

Dr Katya Johanson


Dr Katya Johanson is an editor and historian. She teaches units on editing, publishing and arts audiences.
Prior to her current position as Lecturer in Professional Writing, she taught Australian studies and politics and the University of Melbourne.

Katya's primary research interests are Australian arts and culture, arts audiences, cultural history and nationalism. Her articles have been published in Media International Australia, the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the International Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society and the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management. In 2009, she co-authored Your Genre is Black: Indigenous Performing Arts and Policy, with Dr Hilary Glow. In 2001 she completed a PhD on 'The Role of Austalia's Cultural Council'. Katya has a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing from RMIT and has worked in educational publishing. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and received a Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008.

Dr Hilary Glow


Dr Hilary Glow is the author of two books: Power Plays: Australian theatre and the Public Agenda (2007); and (with Katya Johanson) Platform Paper No. 19 Your Genre is Black: Indigenous Performing Arts and Policy (Currency House 2009). Her research focuses on the Australian performing arts, and the relationships between cultural policy and performing artists and organisations. She has been a theatre reviewer and arts commentator across both print and broadcast media, and is a regular contributor to ABC Radio National's arts programs discussing current arts and cultural policy issues. Previous to her academic career, Dr Glow worked in the theatre sector as an editor and dramaturg, and was Manager of the Women's Film Program at the Australian Film Commission.

2010 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research - Early Career Researcher

Dr Leonie Rutherford


Leonie joined the staff at Deakin in 2008. Prior to that, she taught at the Australian National University, University of NSW (University College, ADFA) , and finally at the University of New England, where she lectured in English, Communication Studies and Writing. The major themes of Leonie's research are: media history and cultures, and interdisciplinary childhood studies. Her research has included historicized textual studies of film, literature and television texts, and publishing/ communication history. More recent work has emphasized the role of cultural, policy, industry on the kinds of texts and artifacts produced for children and youth. From an earlier body of work on 18-20th century print and publishing history, which resulted in the first complete scholarly, edition and critical study of the poetry of 19th century Australian feminist, Louisa Lawson (1996) her recent research has focused on children's media (including print), and use of media by children and youth.

Leonie is the author of a number of national and international book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles on Australian children's television drama and international co-production, particularly the work of the Australian Children's Television Foundation, Australian Animation industry and aesthetics, and institutional and socio-legal contexts of children's culture genres. She was awarded an ARC small grant at the University of New England for a study of Australian children's television.

In partnership with government and industry partners, Leonie has undertaken research in audience/ user studies, and digital media literacy, with a particular focus on children and youth. She was awarded a Category 2 Grant in conjunction with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which resulted in a major study of the use of electronic media by children 0-17 years, published as Media and Communications in Australian Families 2007. In 2009, she received another grant to undertake a Focus Paper on media and children 0-8 years, for ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth).

A/Prof. Kim Vincs

Kim Vincs is an Associate Professor in Dance and Motion Capture, and Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab, Deakin University's motion capture studio and research centre. Kim teaches dance, motion capture and interactive performance at Deakin University.She was awarded an ALTC National Teaching Award for the Arts and Humanities and an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2006. She is a
winner of several University and Faculty teaching awards.

Kim's research interests are; Technologies such as motion capture and 3D stereo environments offer exciting new possibilities for studying, enhancing and transforming dance practice. Kim Vincs is a choreographer, researcher and interactive dance artist who develops new ways of investigating and creating dance using digital technology.

Her collaborations integrate scientific and artistic approaches. She is currently working on 'Capturing Dance: using motion capture to enhance the creation of innovative Australian dance', a three year project, supported by the Australian Research Council's Discovery program (DP0987101), which aims to identify choreographic movement signatures using motion capture, in collaboration with Mathematician Vicky Mak-Hau (Deakin University) and Biomechanist Richard Smith (University of Sydney). She also collaborates with cognitive psychologists Kate Stevens (MARCS Auditory Laboratory, University of Western Sydney) and Emery Schubert (University of New South Wales) investigating choreographic structures and audience response.

Most recently, she has created a series of interactive dance works exploring new ways of using motion capture and 3D stereo projection to enhance the spatial impact of live dance performance. Works include 'The Silk Road Project' in 2007 (with Matthew Delbridge, QUT), 'Aura', 2009 (with interactive artist John McCormick), 'Choreotopography' in collaboration with John McCormick, Daniel Skovli, Peter Divers,Rob Vincs, Deakin University's Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention and the Melbourne Ballet Company, which premiered at the Victorian Arts Centre in 2010,and 'Choreographing Digital Space' at Gasworks, as part of Deakin University's Deakin Week program in 2011.

Ms Emma Price

Conference Program

Program (pdf)


Dr Katya Johanson
Senior Lecturer & HDR Coordinator
School of Communication and Creative Arts Deakin University
Faculty of Arts and Education
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