Art Centre Conference

Judith Inkalama from Hermannsburg Potters. Image: Lisa Hatz, Desart

The Desart Art Centre Conference is an annual two-day closed event for Desart member art centre managers, directors, artists and art workers.

It’s an opportunity for art centres to connect with each other and with Desart staff, guest speakers, and staff of government agencies as well as other industry support organisations. The conference is a platform for peer-to peer learning and access to industry consultants plus experts for our member art centres. The conference program is designed to offer art centre staff, directors and arts workers a culturally safe space to celebrate and share their successes, experiential learning and to discuss and work towards solutions to pressing issues.

This year’s conference was held in March and presented both in person and online. The program responded to the impacts of COVID-19 on sales and production and art centres’ subsequent exponential engagement with the digital domain. A complementary artistic program was also introduced including various artist workshops and a fashion parade.

The conference provided lots of valuable information exchanges and sharing of strong cultural work. It was also an opportunity for art centres to connect with each other and with Desart staff, guest speakers, and staff of government agencies and industry support organisations. For the first time, the conference was also streamed live online giving people back home in the art centres a chance to attend and share, while reiterating the ongoing discussions of digital agility for art centres as we look forward.

Thank you to everyone for coming, sharing and connecting; artists, art centres, industry, partners, presenters and supporters!