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Dr Anne Kershaw



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2017
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2013
Master of Museum Studies, Deakin University, 1997
Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies, Victoria College, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1988

+61 3 924 46131


Dr Anne Kershaw is a Senior Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management and Course Director in the Department of Management in Deakin Business School.

Anne brings 15 years of experience in local government arts and cultural work to her role with the Arts and 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 art 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 areas characterised by social exclusion and socio-economic disadvantage. She has also worked extensively in outer metropolitan areas and in growth corridors. 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 arts management experience, Anne's teaching areas include arts marketing, event management and managing arts in a community setting. Local government, arts policy, collaborative practice, organisational entrepreneurship and work-based learning are areas in which Anne has particular research interests.

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Biography summary

Dr Anne Kershaw is an experienced arts manager who researches organisational change in the arts and cultural sectors. Drawing on her industry experience and research expertise Anne undertakes translational research that also informs her teaching.

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 Melbourne Commonwealth Games celebrations, 2006.
  • Coordination of the inaugural Hume Winter Music Festival.
  • Victorian state government goldfields community museum pilot.
  • Hume City Council Arts and Cultural Development Strategy, 2010 and 2006.
  • Hume City Council public art policy, 2011.
  • The launch of the Homestead Community Arts and Learning Centre.
  • Deakin University award for outstanding achievement in research partnerships, Research team: Audience engagement and participation in the arts, 2012.

Research interests

  • Audience development
  • Organisational change in the arts/cultural sector
  • Arts and cultural programming in local government
  • Collaborative practice involving museums and communities


  • Member, Creative Victoria's Panel Register.

Teaching interests

  • Arts marketing
  • Managing arts in community settings
  • Managing festivals and cultural events
  • Event management

Knowledge areas

  • Audience development in the arts
  • Audience diversification and organisational change
  • Museum and community coproduction
  • Organisational behaviour in the arts/cultural sectors
  • Community arts and cultural development (CACD)
  • Arts and cultural programming in local government
  • Cultural event management

Research groups

Arts and Creative Industries Research and Engagement


  • Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015. 
  • Deakin University Faculty of Business and Law Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015. 
  • 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, 2012.


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Employment Practices and Institutional Inertia in the Arts Sector: The Roles and Skills of Arts Managers in Building Organizational Capacity and Creating Public Value

Hilary Glow, Anne Kershaw, Kim Goodwin

(2022), Vol. 24, pp. 21-35, International Journal of Arts Management, Montreal, QC, C1

journal article

Leading or avoiding change: the problem of audience diversification for arts organisations

H Glow, A Kershaw, M Reason

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 130-148, International Journal of Cultural Policy, C1

journal article

The muse with a wandering eye: the influence of public value on coproduction in museums

A Kershaw, K Bridson, M Parris

(2020), Vol. 26, pp. 344-364, International Journal of Cultural Policy, C1

journal article

Encouraging writing on the white walls: co-production in museums and the influence of professional bodies

A Kershaw, K Bridson, M Parris

(2018), Vol. 77, pp. 19-34, Australian journal of public administration, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Asia TOPA: the impact of Asia TOPA on the Victorian Cultural Sector: collaboration and capacity building

H Glow, Katya Johanson, A North-Samardzic, Anne Kershaw, Amanda Coles, Jordan Vincent

(2018), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Coproduction and Casula's Pacifica Program: Initial research findings

A Kershaw

(2015), A6

research report/technical paper

New modes of arts participation and the limits of cultural indicators for local government

K Johanson, H Glow, A Kershaw

(2014), Vol. 43, pp. 43-59, Poetics, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal article

The advantage of proximity : the distinctive role of local government in cultural policy

K Johanson, A Kershaw, H Glow

(2014), Vol. 73, pp. 218-234, Australian journal of public administration, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

More yuppy stuff coming soon: gentrification, cultural policy, social inclusion and the arts

H Glow, K Johanson, A Kershaw

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 495-508, Continuum, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Extending the theory of metaphor in marketing : the case of the art gallery

R Rentschler, U Jogulu, A Kershaw, A Osborne

(2012), Vol. 28, pp. 1464-1485, Journal of marketing management, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Building arts audiences : arts participation and barriers report

A Kershaw, K Johanson, H Glow

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Strategic arts framework : Maribyrnong City Council

H Glow, K Johanson, A Kershaw

(2012), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Maribyrnong City Arts and Cultural Framework

Prof Katya Johanson, Dr Anne Kershaw, Prof Hilary Glow

Maribyrnong City Council

  • 2012: $23,671

City of Moonee Valley Audience Research Report

Dr Anne Kershaw, Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Hilary Glow

Moonee Valley City Council

  • 2012: $20,000

Arts About Us Evaluation

Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Anne Kershaw, Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Yin Paradies

VicHealth Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards

  • 2015: $39,000
  • 2014: $21,000
  • 2013: $60,000

Program Evaluation for Creative State Actions

Prof Katya Johanson, Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Anne Kershaw, A/Prof Emily Potter

Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions

  • 2020: $35,627
  • 2019: $27,272
  • 2018: $72,727

Understanding Audience Diversification: Research and sector development - Stage one

Prof Hilary Glow, Dr Anne Kershaw

Australia Council for the Arts Grant - Research

  • 2021: $5,000
  • 2020: $5,000

Industry and Other Funding

Changing organisations to diversify arts audiences

Prof Hilary Glow, Prof Katya Johanson, Dr Anne Kershaw

Ian Potter Foundation Grant - Research

  • 2022: $100,000


Associate Supervisor

Dominik Safari

Thesis entitled: An Ecosystem Approach to Evaluating a Cultural Event: A Regional Festival Case Study

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Management