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Arts leadership expert to come to Melbourne and Sydney to talk with arts organisations

19 October 2011

Australian arts organisations grappling with how to recruit, train and retain managers and leaders will have a chance to draw on global expertise on the issue when Professor John Holden, the United Kingdom's cultural leadership expert, visits Melbourne and Sydney next month. (November)

Arts management expert, Dr Hilary Glow from Deakin University's School of Management and Marketing said the issue was of such significance to the sector that Deakin University, Ticketmaster Australasia and the Sidney Myer Fund had collaborated to bring Professor Holden to Australia to deliver two free public lectures – one in Melbourne and one in Sydney and two paid workshops to help organisations address it.

"Courageous leadership for the arts is an important issue and one which is repeatedly discussed at the consultations we have held with the arts industry over the past 12 months," she said.

"Arts organisations are saying they are finding it difficult to provide strategic and creative leadership in an environment of few resources and heavy demands for compliance from funding bodies."

Dr Glow said Professor Holden had been involved in numerous major projects around the world across performing arts, heritage, museums and libraries, and dealing with issues of leadership, audience development, building networks, and managing organisational change.

"He's worked with governments, funding bodies, trusts and foundations and many major cultural organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Museum, the Sage, Gateshead, V&A, and Tate," she said.

"Professor Holden was also a key player in the establishment of the CLORE Cultural Leadership program in the UK .

"This program, funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation, is the pre-eminent European provider of leadership training and has been very successful."

Dr Glow said arts leadership was essential if arts organisations were to compete successfully with all the other entertainment options available to the public.

"Innovation is critical, but it is difficult for organisations to dream up new ways of doing things when they are burdened with compliance and the tick-box mentality that this inevitably produces" she said.

"To be innovative requires the creation of programs which are bold, relevant, creative and responsive to the community. And this is central to the task of arts leadership.

Dr Glow said in the workshops Professor Holden will look at managing organisational change, harnessing the power of networks, and creating new relationships with the audience, among other topics.

In his free public lectures he'll be discussing why culture, organisations and leadership are changing.

Further information

Free public lecture (Melbourne)

Next generation arts leadership
Melbourne
Wednesday 2 November
6-7.30pm
Tower Room
Malthouse Theatre

Free public lecture (Sydney)
Sydney
Next generation arts leadership
Tuesday 8 November
6-7.30pm
The Studio
Sydney Opera House

News facts
  • Courageous leadership for the arts is an important issue
  • Arts organisations are saying they are finding it difficult to provide strategic and creative leadership
  • Difficult for organisations to dream up new ways of doing things when they are burdened with compliance

Media contact

Sandra Kingston
Deakin Media Relations
03 9246 8221/ 0422 005 485
Email sandra.kingston@deakin.edu.au

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19th October 2011