Staff profile - Anne Kershaw

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Ms Anne Kershaw

Position: Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Deakin Business School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46131 +61 3 924 46131


Biography summary

Anne Kershaw brings 15 years experience in local government arts and cultural work to her role with the Arts & Cultural Management program. Having originally trained and worked as a museum curator, Anne had a short stint as a Business Analyst in the corporate sector. She then returned to the arts sector, developing in-service museum training programs in the UK and teaching with Deakin's Museum Studies course.

However it is in local and state government that Anne has undertaken most of her arts management work. She has written a range of arts strategies and arts policies; initiated and managed a number of arts projects; planned and managed arts and cultural facilities; and undertaken a range of community cultural development initiatives. Her arts management experience has involved work with a range of different art forms, arts organisations, funding bodies, stakeholders and strategic priorities.

Anne's work has focused on communities with high levels of cultural diversity and also areas characterised by social exclusion and socio-economic disadvantage. She has also worked extensively in outer metropolitan areas and in growth corriders. As a result she has a strong commitment to access and inclusion in the arts, and is particularly experienced in audience development, arts participation and community engagement in the arts.

Building on this extensive experience as an arts manager, Anne's teaching areas include arts marketing, event management and managing arts in community setting. Local government, arts policy, collaborative practice, organisational entrepreneurship and work based learning are areas in which Anne has particular research interests.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1988
  • Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, Victoria College, 1990
  • Master of Museum Studies, Deakin University, 1997
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2013

Career highlights

Measuring What Matters – Evaluating Arts Impact, Creative Victoria Expert Events Panel, 2015

VicHealth Arts About Us phase 2 program evaluation (2013-2015)

Maribyrnong City Council Strategic Arts Framework (2012)

City of Moonee Valley Arts Participation and Barriers Study (2012)

Weaving Lands community art project, and touring of the associated Making of the Galgi-ngarrak Yiranboi Tree exhibition and sculpture

Commissioning of Breeze by Aslam Akram at the Dallas Shopping Centre public art project, and project management of an accompanying community jobs program

Commissioning of Rise by Anderson Hunt as part of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games celebrations

Coordination of the inaugural Hume Winter Music Festival

Victorian state government goldfields community museum pilot

Hume City Council Arts and Cultural Development Strategy (2010 &  2006)

Hume City Council public art policy (2011)

Launch of the Homestead Community Arts and Learning Centre

2012 Deakin University award for outstanding achievement in research partnerships. Research team: Audience engagement and participation in the arts.

Professional activities

Member of Creative Victoria's Panel Register 2012- current


Teaching Interests

Arts marketing

Managing arts in community settings

Managing festivals and cultural events

Event management

Knowledge areas

Arts in community settings

Local government work in arts and culture

Museum and community collaboration

Audience development and arts participation

Arts and cultural policies and strategic plans

Public art

Higher education and professional development in arts management


Awards and prizes

2015 Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence

2015 Deakin University Faculty of Business and Law Award for Teaching Excellence

2012 Deakin University award for outstanding achievement in research partnerships. Research team: Audience engagement and participation in the arts

2012 Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching


Research interests

Arts and local government

Arts and cultural policy

Museum and community collaboration

Postgraduate learning and student engagement

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