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Bookmark this page and check back for regular updates. All information is subject to change. Last updated on May 20, 2016. Download the congress program book  

The Anthony Field Academy

The Anthony Field Academy, an ISPA program dedicated to developing the next generation of talent, is an intensive arts administration program for new and emerging leaders. The Academy is named in honor of long-time ISPA member Anthony Field, who was instrumental in establishing the first Academy at ISPA’s Stockholm congress in 1998. Anthony’s long-time business partner and friend, John Causebrook, had these words to share about Anthony Field.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Anthony Field Academy - Day I

Presented in association with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne | Venue Website
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
09:00
- 16:00
Registration and information desk
09:00 Meet and Greet: Tea and Coffee 
10:00 WELCOME
Speakers
| Claire Spencer (Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne), David Baile (Chief Executive Officer, ISPA), Robyn Archer AO

SESSION I | Cultural Transformation and Sustainability
How can we as cultural leaders affect change and encourage cultural transformation in a world in environmental, economic, social and political crisis? What is the value and contribution of culture within the 21st century from the perspectives of the professional practitioner, the participant, the audience member and the institutions? How do the imperatives of social, economic and environmental sustainability affect the arts and cultural sectors? Do arts and culture engage diverse audiences, practitioners and participants, and what are the challenges and opportunities of art and culture in the areas of soft diplomacy, regeneration and digital convergence?
10:15
INTRODUCTION 
Speaker | Angharad Wynne-Jones
11:00
Break
11:30
LOCAL PERSPECTIVES
Speaker | Cheryl Stock AM
Interviewer | Angharad Wynne-Jones
12:00
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Speaker | Benson Puah
12:30 Q&A
Speakers | Angharad Wynne-Jones, Cheryl Stock AM, Benson Puah
13:00 Lunch
14:00 MINDFULNESS EXERCISE
Speaker | Isabella Dunwill
14:15 SESSION II | Communication and Advocacy 
As front-line advocates for the arts sector, cultural leaders must have the ability to articulate complex ideas with clarity, confidence and credibility. This session will explore physical and vocal techniques that are required to deliver a message with success. Applying the philosophy and expertise of NIDA’s Corporate Performance training, based on NIDA’s world-class actor training, this is an interactive and practical session for personal impact.
Speaker | Isabella Dunwill
  SESSION III | Leadership and Governance
How might we change our leadership practices and enhance creative outcomes if we critique governance as a restrictive ideology and approach leadership as a diffused exercise of influence on thoughts and outcomes reaching far beyond our specific organisations? While disruption is typically identified with opportunities for global economic “game changers” like the internet and the share economy, perhaps local interruptions and a fragmented approach to best-fit governance and leadership can positively mould changes to “the arts.” 
14:30 INTRODUCTION
Speaker | Jo Porter
15:15 LOCAL PERSPECTIVES
Speaker | Claire Spencer 
Interviewer | Jo Porter
15:45 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Speaker | Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir 
16:15 Q&A
Speakers | Jo Porter, Steinunn Birna Ragnarsdóttir, Claire Spencer
16:45 Academy Day ends
16:45
- 18:15
Academy Opening Reception
Various venues around Melbourne
 19:00 ISPA Out on the Town
Free evening with optional performances

ISPA UP LATE
Brought to you by Tessitura 

Join us for drinks and a post-show chat at The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne. The space is open till 1 am.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Anthony Field Academy - Day II

Presented in association with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne | Venue Website
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
09:00
- 16:00
Registration and information desk
 09:00
- 12:00
Board Meeting (by invitation only)
13:00
- 17:00
Committee Meetings (by invitation only)
09:00 Tea and Coffee
 10:00

DISCUSSION: What did you see last night?
Moderator | Robyn Archer AO
  SESSION IV | Diversity in Cultural Leadership
What is cultural leadership in the contemporary global context? How do we ensure that leadership across our sectors is representing the diverse social, cultural and political narratives of our time?

If practitioners and organisations wish to engage with communities creatively and generously now, and into the future, what is best practice in arts management, partnership brokerage and cultural competency? How do we develop leadership skills for social change? How can we support new networks and opportunities for professional experience?
10:30 INTRODUCTION
Speaker | Jade Lillie
11:15 Break
11:45 IN CONVERSATION
Speakers | Jade Lillie, Phloeun Prim.
12:30 Q&A
Speakers | Robyn Archer AO, Tania Cañas, Jade Lillie, Sudeep Lingamneni, Phloeun Prim
13:00 Lunch

SESSION V | Cultural Policy and Practice
An introduction to cultural policy in the context of both our history and international forces including globalisation, technological and environmental change. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate include: Indigenous heritage and arts; cultural diversity and inclusion; media pluralism and content diversity; creative industries; rural and regional arts; and innovation. In the conceptually and administratively complex arena of Cultural Policy and Practice, what is the role of arts leaders as advocates?
14:00 INTRODUCTION AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVES
Speaker | Fiona Winning
14:45 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Speaker | Graham Sheffield CBE
15:15 Q&A
Speaker | Fiona Winning, Graham Sheffield CBE
15:45 WRAP DISCUSSION
Moderator | Robyn Archer AO
16:30
Academy concludes
Various venues around Melbourne
 19:00 ISPA Out on the Town
Free evening with optional performances

ISPA UP LATE 
Brought to you by Tessitura 

Join us for drinks and a post-show chat at The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne. The space is open till 1 am.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 

Congress Day I

ISPA OPEN HOUSE
(10:00 am - 12:45 pm) 

Learn more about ISPA Open House tour options and sign up!
Guided tours of theatres and venues in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, including Arts Centre Melbourne, Chunky Move, The Coopers Malthouse, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Southbank Theatre – Melbourne Theatre Company

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne | Venue Website
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
09:00
- 11:00
Board Meeting (by invitation only)
11:30
- 16:00
Registration and information desk
 13:00 PERFORMANCE | Excerpt from Ghostly Machines 
Produced by Arts Centre Melbourne
13:20 WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Aunty Carolyn Briggs and Jindi Woraback Dance Group (Australia)
Programmed by Jason Tamiru (Associate Producer, Malthouse Theatre)
13:35 OPENING CEREMONY and WELCOME
Speakers | Claire Spencer (Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne), David Baile (Chief Executive Officer, ISPA), Mary Lou Aleskie (Chair, ISPA). 
13:50 ​REIMAGINING: CULTURAL POLICY
Speaker |
Martin Foley MP (Minister for Creative Industries, State Government of Victoria)
14:05 Break
  SESSION I | Reimagining: Identity
Society tends to refer to regions in terms that imply a homogenous cultural identity. Regions as vast as Asia, Africa or Latin America are often perceived as a mono-culture, yet this era of mass movement of peoples is radically altering our understanding of the world. Through the creation and presentation of art we establish cultural identity. How is this identity reflected somewhere like Australia, where the diversity of immigrant populations, deepening awareness of Indigenous culture and a growing closeness to the Asian world defy any notions of homogeneity?   
14:30 PERFORMANCE | William Yang: excerpt from Blood Links
(written and performed by William Yang, produced by Performing Lines)
14:45 PANEL 
Speakers | Seong Hee Kim, Nakkiah Lui, Annette Shun Wah
ModeratorSanjoy K Roy

The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne | Venue Website
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
16:15 

Opening Reception 
Co-Host Sponsor Monash University
PERFORMANCE | Monash Art Ensemble and Young Wägiluk Group of South East Arnhem Land: excerpt from Nyilipidgi
(composed by Paul Grabowsky AO and the Young Wägiluk Group)

A Full Pass and a Wednesday Day Pass include one ticket to the Opening Reception. Buy extra Opening Reception tickets.

18:15  End of day
Various venues around Melbourne
 19:00 ISPA Out on the Town
Free evening with optional performances

ISPA UP LATE
Brought to you by Tessitura 

Join us for drinks and a post-show chat at The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne. The space is open till 1 am.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Congress Day II

Deakin Edge, Federation Square | Venue Website
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
09:30
- 16:00
Registration and information desk
9:30 Tea and Coffee (provided by Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Catering)
10:00 WELCOME

SESSION II | Reimagining: Protest and Activism
Art and politics have long been interrelated, but the artist-activist is an endangered species. Do we reflect the world we live in on our stages? Artists in some countries are risking their lives to make art that comments on the current climate. Do presenters and audiences engage in their work? And if so, how do we best support those artists for whom art is both a social and a moral action? 
10:05 KEYNOTE
Speaker | Natalia Kaliada (Founding Artistic Director, Belarus Free Theatre) Natalia Kaliada appears by video-link from London. Her refugee status currently prohibits her from travelling outside the UK.
Moderator | Sarah Neal
10:50 PANEL
Speakers | Penny Arcade, Richard FranklandMallika Taneja
ModeratorWesley Enoch 
12:05
- 13:35
Lunch (provided by Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Catering)
Optional self-guided tours of cultural institutions at Federation Square

SESSION III | Reimagining: Permanence
Sponsored by ARUP

In the cultures of its Indigenous people, Australia is home to the longest continuous performing arts traditions in the world. And in our globalised world, First Nations around the world are united in their shared experiences of colonisation. Inclusion of Indigenous perspectives and stories are critical to moving forward together towards a more equitable post-colonial future. There is a growing appetite amongst audiences and presenters to engage with contemporary First Nations performance. How do established networks and organisations support this development and leverage cross-over into mainstream international presentation? What external factors affect the way First Nations work is made, promoted and viewed?

13:35 PERFORMANCE | ILBIJERRI Theatre Company: excerpt from Jack Charles V The Crown (written by Jack Charles and John Romeril, performed by Jack Charles, musical direction by Nigel Maclean, directed by Rachael Maza)
13:50 PANEL
Speakers | Airileke IngramRachael MazaSantee Smith
Moderator | Deborah Cheetham AO
15:05 Break
15:35 REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Speaker |
Richard Evans (Chairman, Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals) 
 15:45

ISPA AWARDS CEREMONY
Sponsored by Ticketmaster
Host | Michael Stevens

16:45 INVITATION TO THE LIGHT IN WINTER OPENING
Speaker |
Robyn Archer AO (Artistic Director, The Light in Winter)
16:55 End of Congress day

17:00 -19:15 Federation Square Opening Ceremony
The Light in Winter

The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne | Venue Website
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
21:00
- 00:00

ISPA Party

Let your hair down and come join us for a fun evening of food and drink, dancing and informal networking. Arts Centre Melbourne invites you to enter the world of Melbourne’s magical culinary landscape with offerings from our favourite street eats and tear up the dance floor with Melbourne favourite, DJ Phone Home.

A Full Pass and a Thursday Day Pass include one ticket to the ISPA Party. Buy extra ISPA Party tickets.

ISPA UP LATE
Brought to you by Tessitura 

Join us for drinks and a post-show chat at The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne. The space is open till 1 am.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Congress Day III

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre | Venue Website
31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
09:00
- 16:00
Registration and information desk
09:00 Tea and Coffee
09:30 WELCOME
Speaker | Mary Vallentine AO (Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Recital Centre)
 09:35 PITCH NEW WORKS
The Pitch New Works Session provides delegates the opportunity to become involved in commissioning and/or presenting new works before they fully enter the international marketplace. Download Ptich New Works handout   
Host Robyn Archer AO
 11:35 REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Speaker | Dr Wendy Were (Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy, Australia Council for the Arts)
The Salon and foyer, Melbourne Recital Centre | Venue Website
31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
11:45
- 13:25
ProEx | Professional Exchange
Join us in a relaxed, informal, and intimate environment for casual networking, establishing new contacts, and maintaining existing relationships. Delegates registered for a Full Pass or a Day Pass for Friday, June 3 may reserve a complimentary table-top space to showcase their organization or artists (subject to availability and limit one per organization). Questions? Contact Ann Pattan
12:15 Lunch
Working lunch served onsite to enable participation in ProEx
The Sumner, Southbank Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company | Venue Website
140 Southbank Blvd, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
13:25 WELCOME
Speaker |
Virginia Lovett (Executive Director, Melbourne Theatre Company)

SESSION IV | Reimagining: Access and Transformative Practice
In New York this year we debated audience behaviour in theatres. In Melbourne we want to explore how diversity, disability and mental health are reflected on both our stages and in our audiences. Inclusive practice makes a vital creative contribution to the arts, and ensures representation of a diversity of lived experiences. But full participation doesn’t just happen with an invitation – it has to be planned. What leadership is required to steer this transformation and what are we doing about it now?

13:30 PERFORMANCE | The Delta Project: excerpt from Under My Skin 
(produced by Fiona Cook, Arts Access Victoria, choreographed by Jo Dunbar and Lina Limosani with the dancers)
13:45 PANEL 
Speakers | Rebecca Dawson, Alice NashJoshua Pether
Moderator Veronica Pardo
15:00 Break
15:25 WELCOME
Speaker | Rafael Bonachela (Artistic Director, Sydney Dance Company)

SESSION V | Reimagining: Liveness and Intimacy
The possibilities for the “audience experience” are expanding faster than ever before. Culture is being consumed in ways that could not have been imagined even 10 or 20 years ago. What keeps the “live” experience special? How is “digital” transforming the way we make, present and experience art? Storytelling remains at the vital heart of the performing arts, but the limitless ways in which we can now connect with an audience mean that everything about how we think about the live experience is in constant flux.

15:30 PERFORMANCE | Sydney Dance Company (excerpt from Lux Tenebris, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, composed by Nick Wales) 
15:45 PANEL
Speakers | Bill Bragin, Sue Giles, Richard Tognetti AO.
Moderator | Marshall McGuire
17:00 End of day

Various venues around Melbourne
 19:30 ISPA Out on the Town
Free evening with optional performances

ISPA UP LATE
Brought to you by Tessitura 

Join us for drinks and a post-show chat at The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne. The space is open till 1 am.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Congress Day IV

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne | Venue Website
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
09:30
- 11:00
Registration and information desk
09:30 Tea and Coffee
10:00 WELCOME
Speaker | Claire Spencer (Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne)

SESSION VI | Reimagining: Placemaking
We are visiting one of the world’s great cultural districts which was developed over time and with intent. What do cultural districts contribute to communities? What can research tell us about the link between the vibrancy and health of the creative community and a city's actual health? Are cultural districts only manifested as physical entities or are cultural groups also “cultural districts”? Urban centres are often identified as cultural centres but how do you stimulate arts and culture in unlikely or unexpected locations? 
10:05 KEYNOTE 
Speaker | Michael Lynch CBE AM  
10:50 PANEL 
Speakers | Robyn Archer AOSuba DasJill Garner.
Moderator | Pera Wells
12:05 Break 
12:35 REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Speaker | Douglas Gautier AM (Chair, Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres)
12:45 CLOSING PERFORMANCE | Eddie Perfect with Iain Grandage 
13:05 PLENARY: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? 
SpeakerJonathan Holloway (Artistic Director, Melbourne Festival)
13:35 INVITATION TO NEW YORK and CLOSING CEREMONY
Speakers | Claire Spencer (Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne), David Baile (Chief Executive Officer, ISPA).
13:45 End of Congress

Various venues around Melbourne
 14:00 ISPA Out on the Town
Free afternoon with optional performances

ISPA UP LATE
Brought to you by Tessitura 

Join us for drinks and a post-show chat at The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne. The space is open till 1 am.


Access

The arts connect people in the most powerful of ways by engaging with their aspirations for creativity, invention and transformation.

Our host, Arts Centre Melbourne, is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to become immersed in the 98th ISPA Congress in Melbourne – its performances, provocations and conversations.

To help us make the most of your experience, please let us know if you have access requirements.

Access services, including interpreting for delegates who are Deaf, will be provided on request. All access service bookings are required by Wednesday 18 May, 2016.

Please email your access requests to Wendy O’Neill (Manager, Access and Community Engagement, Arts Centre Melbourne) at wendy.oneill@artscentremelbourne.com.au by Wednesday 18 May so services can be arranged. 

Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne!

Questions?

Registration and Membership
Contact Ann Pattan at apattan@ispa.org or 1 212 206 8490 x202

The Pitch New Works Session provides delegates the opportunity to become involved in commissioning and/or presenting new works before they fully enter the international marketplace. Learn more about Pitch New Works.
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