Climate Change and Sustainability in the Arts: What Can We Do?
Arts West North Wing Building (148A)
The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne’s Arts and Cultural Management program presents an industry forum on the topic of climate change and sustainability in the Australian arts sector.
The event will include a panel discussion with key representatives from arts organisations in Victoria, followed by a Q & A session.
The event will conclude with a casual reception.
Associate Professor Kate MacNeill, Director
Associate Professor Kate MacNeill
Graduate School of Humanities
Associate Professor MacNeill is Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Arts. She is a member of the Master of Arts and Cultural Management program in the School of Culture and Communication. With a background in law and economics she had extensive experience in policy work in the government and nongovernment sector prior to returning to study art history and obtaining a PhD in Art History (Identity and contemporary Australian art). Her research interests include the intersection between law and artistic practice (in particular cultures of intellectual property and censorship), leadership in the arts and cultural sector, and ethics and creative practices.
Fiona Poletti , Executive Director and External Engagement
Executive Director and External Engagement
Arts Centre Melbourne
Fiona Poletti is responsible for External Engagement at Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM). She oversees government advocacy, strategic partnerships, impact measurement, new business development and the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at ACM. Fiona has worked as a senior advisor for a Federal Communications and Arts Minister and has advised the Australia Council for the Arts. She has also worked at the Australian Embassy Tokyo in public diplomacy. Before joining ACM in 2015, Fiona worked as the project manager for Earth Hour in Melbourne (2008) and served as the Director of Planning and Development and a staffelected board representative for Circus Oz.
Bronwyn Johnson, Executive Director
Bronwyn Johnson is the Executive Director and Board Member of CLIMARTE and directed and produced CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATECHANGE 2019 festival, which presented over 30 exhibitions and events across Melbourne and regional Victoria. She is the former Chair and honorary member of the Galleries and Collections committee at Arts Project Australia, the leading supported visual arts studio for artists with intellectual disabilities, and a member of the Sustainability Committee at Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond. Prior to her work with CLIMARTE, Bronwyn produced outdoor performance programs for the Melbourne International Festival for the Arts and developed the Melbourne Art Fair into one of the leading visual art events of the Asia Pacific from 1996 to 2011.
Hannah Presley , Curator
National Gallery of Victoria
Hannah Presley is an Aboriginal curator based in Melbourne. She is currently Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria and was recently inaugural curator for the Yalingwa program at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Hannah was a First Nations Curatorial Assistant for My Horizon: Tracey Moffatt at the 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2017. Her practice focuses on the development of creative projects with Aboriginal artists. She works closely with artists and through her curatorial approach she helps audiences learn about the techniques, history and community that informs Indigenous Australian art making. Recent curatorial projects include A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, 2018, ACCA, Melbourne; Every Second Feels Like A Century, (with Debbie Pryor), 2017, West Space, Melbourne.
Michael Hudson, Director, Strategy, Screen & Design
Director, Strategy, Screen & Design
Michael Hudson is Director, Strategy, Screen and Design in Creative Victoria, which supports and promotes Victoria’s creative industries, across arts, culture, screen and design. Michael has worked as a lawyer and academic, as well as in a range of public sector roles supporting government and industry innovation. Before moving to Creative Victoria in 2014, Michael worked for 15 years at the forefront of innovation and information technology policy, and delivered programs to assist Victorian businesses, communities and government. He currently oversees creative industries policy development and was one of the architects of the 2016 strategy Creative State.