KiR Workshops 2017

Symposium Workshops

Day One: Monday 31 July

Session 1

Nicole Durling Curator, MONA

Nicole Durling, Co-Director of Collections and Exhibitions & Senior Curator at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, presents KiR’s first Keynote Address.

Starting at MONA in 2006, Nicole was part of the foundation team responsible for developing the exhibition and curatorial direction prior to MONA’s opening in 2011.

She continues to drive and oversee MONA’s curatorial program as well as heading up the collection management team. Nicole has commissioned and curated exhibitions such as Theatre of the World (2012), Todd McMillan, Ten Years of Tears (2013), Matthew Barney, River of Fundament (2014), Marina Abramovic, Private Archaeology (2015) and On the Origin of Art (2016).

With a background as a practising artist, Nicole’s approach to exhibition making is to focus on unique experiences and innovative collaborations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (1st Hons) and a Masters of Fine Art as well as a Diploma in Law and Collection Management.

Session 2


A. Untangling Cultural Crossover 
Carina Clement & Emma Williams, AlburyCity Council

The notion of cultural facility convergence (i.e. some level of cross sector management of cultural services) can be controversial, promoting passionate debate in all cultural sectors. AlburyCity Cultural Services has operated under a number of different iterations of cultural convergence since 2006, with the Albury LibraryMuseum as the visible example of this. AlburyCity Museum Curator, Emma Williams and Libraries and Museum Team Leader, Carina Clement received an AlburyCity scholarship to investigate a number of NSW LGA Cultural Convergence case studies and provide a current snapshot of cultural convergence. This presentation will document these case studies and highlight the opportunities, benefits and challenges of cultural convergence in 2017.

B. Successful Delivery of Large Scale Arts Events
Gotaro Uematsu, Biennale of Sydney

Gotaro will be speaking on the challenges and successful strategies of realising complex and involved projects in the often time poor field of major arts events. As the Audio Visual Coordinator for the Biennale of Sydney, Gotaro is responsible for preparing and presenting hundreds of artworks across multiple venues (including Cockatoo Island) every two years. In addition he is the first port of call on AV delivery for innumerable artists, curators, gallery directors and organisations such as the Australia Council. This is a must-see presentation for all event, festival and public programming professionals and volunteers.

Session 3


A. From New York to Nimbin: Amplifying our Sound Archive via Open-Source and the Machine
Jenna Bain, State Library

In October 2016 the State Library launched Amplify, a platform for the delivery and transcription of its oral history collections. Amplify is the product of a highly collaborative project that utilised open-source software and machine-learning technology, and has transformed the way in which the Library can provide access to and engagement with its audio materials. As Amplify's project leader, Jenna will share with you the successful development and implementation of the platform, future plans for the project, as well as the ongoing collaboration and partnership that made Amplify possible.


B. The Rejuvenation of Screenworks

Ken Crouch, General Manager, Screenworks, NSW

In true filmic style, this story has heartache, it has passion and then finally the phoenix rising. Hear the story of how General  Manager of  Screenworks, Ken Crouch found influential and insightful guidance from the most unusual quarters to help Screenworks avoid closing. This presentation will really help you think differently about how cultural organisations can use business influence and experience to create a bright future.

Session 4

A. Makerspaces and Libraries - Where the formal becomes practical 
Gil Poznanski, Creative Technologies Activator, Melbourne Library Services

Makerspaces in Libraries are a new and evolving structure. It can also be scary and confusing as it breaks some of the classic traditional models of a library. Come along and hear about Melbourne Library Services Makerspace at Library at the Dock, its integration between formals and applied learning, the lessons learnt along the way and the future of Makerspaces and Libraries in the future.

B. The Creative Economy in Regional Australia
Kelly Heylen, Curator and Founder of Platform Gallery

The Blue Mountains have been leading the way in supporting Creative Industries. You will hear from Kelly Heylen, who was the key driver behind the establishment of the Creative Industries Cluster and the MTNS MADE brand, as she shares her journey in taking this concept from plan to action.

Session Five

A. Getting moving images into your local studies collections: YouTube as a rich resource
Dr Bob Pymm, Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

As we are all aware, YouTube and to a lesser extent, other video-sharing sites have become the ‘go to’ places for anyone, anywhere to upload new material they shot yesterday on their iPhone and to upload old material that has been digitised. Recent figures suggest 400 hours of content are uploaded to YouTube every minute. The numbers are staggering – and they suggest that this might well be an incredibly rich resource to mine for material to add to local studies collections.  Even if 99% is irrelevant, just that 1% could offer a lot. This presentation will consider the challenges of identifying material on YouTube; acquiring copies; licensing arrangements and other rights issues and incorporating material into existing collections.

B. Business Incubator Program
Mary-Anne Scully, Global Sisters

Our cultural workers and venues connect with so many people in the community who have great skills, make amazing products and are looking to make a living out of their skills. Hear about this business incubator program that is supporting business ideas in our community plus pick up some new ideas and solutions on how you can support that spark you can see in someone from your community.

Session Six


A. Panel Session: Meeting the needs of our diverse communities

Speakers working in the fields of homelessness, multicultural community development and LGBTIQ inclusiveness will lead an earnest and informative panel discussion on the needs of these communities and how these needs can be addressed in cultural venues.

B. How Your Museum or Library Can Become an Endorsed Provider of Registered Professional Development for Teachers.
John Turner, Policy Officer Professional Learning, NSW Education Standards Authority.

This session provides invaluable information about how Museums and Libraries go about applying to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to become Endorsed Providers of Registered professional development for teachers and the significance of committing and supporting teachers professional learning and development as well as the benefits to your institution.

Pub Chat

Local Government cultural workers are invited to unwind at Public House, Albury for  this informal  networking opportunity.  You can brag about your favorite project, find a solution for the latest challenge or just reconnect with your regional colleagues. We are bringing together NSW and Victoria local government reps to create one happy family. And don’t forget – talk is free, you will just have to pay for your drinks!

Following Pub Chat, all are welcome to attend the Theatres of War opening at LibraryMuseum at 6.00pm, followed by the Symposium Dinner at Canvas Eatery at 7.00pm.

Day Two: Tuesday 1 August

Session One

Broken Hill Living Museum + Perfect Light Project
Rachael Vincent, Broken Hill Living Museum

In 2015 Broken Hill was recognised as Australia’s first Heritage Listed City. This keynote speech focuses on my current job as ‘Living Museum Specialist’ managing funded elements of the Broken Hill Living Museum + Perfect Light Project. What does it mean to deliver an ongoing legacy for the Broken Hill community as it approaches end-of-mine life? This Project is a bold strategic intervention that calls for protection and re-purpose through dynamic urban design, activation, digital and site specific interpretation, technology, art, events and enterprise. I explore how this all comes together in practice, levels of community engagement, and how the work both challenges and complements the more traditional museum model.

Session Two

A. Education Programming in Museums: Part One
Sara Korman, Learning and Outreach Officer: Museum and Secondary Education, AlburyCity, and
Janien Ferguson/ Learning and Outreach Officer: Library and Primary Education, AlburyCity

Founded on Object Based Learning theory, this session will explore methods for developing, delivering and marketing engaging education programs for schools. Focusing on practical, take away strategies, with applications across a range of museum and gallery contexts.  Sara and Janien will demonstrate how they have developed programs that showcase the AlburyCity collection and also explicitly meet curriculum requirements. The session will include a practical, in museum, demonstration of analogue and digital approaches to museum education.

This workshop continues over two sessions (Part One and Part Two)

B. Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hubs
Dr Michelle Evans, Charles Sturt University

Walan Mayinygu, Wiradjuri for ‘strong for people’, is a  program all about strengthening entrepreneurship and business nous at a grass roots level for Indigenous business people. Michelle has a wealth of experience in inspiring business people to develop and nurture their ideas into a sustainable and successful business. Come and hear about the Pop Up Hubs touring regional NSW and leave with some ways you can support the Indigenous community to build momentum in the entrepreneurial sector.

Session Three

A. Education Programming in Museums: Part Two
Sara Korman, Learning and Outreach Officer: Museum and Secondary Education, AlburyCity, and
Janien Ferguson/ Learning and Outreach Officer: Library and Primary Education, AlburyCity

Founded on Object Based Learning theory, this session will explore methods for developing, delivering and marketing engaging education programs for schools. Focusing on practical, take away strategies, with applications across a range of museum and gallery contexts.  Sara and Janien will demonstrate how they have developed programs that showcase the AlburyCity collection and also explicitly meet curriculum requirements. The session will include a practical, in museum, demonstration of analogue and digital approaches to museum education.

B. If its big, paint it.
Shaun Hossack, Creative Director of Australian street-art agency Juddy Roller.

Large scale street art is getting a lot of attention  at the moment,  with  the Silo  Art  Trail boosting visitation in the Wimmera and Benalla’s Wall to Wall Festival bringing the streets to life. The common link is Juddy Roller Studio founder Shaun Hossack and his commitment to bringing a new approach to cultural development  into regional  Australia. The images will speak for themselves and Shaun’s thoughts on how regions can connect will leave you inspired and enthused.

Session Four

A. Trove Roadshow + Toolkit
Jenna Bain, State Library NSW

Join the Trove team as they help you find out more about making your organisation's content available in Trove, improving the discovery of your collection, and options for digitisation. Find out how to make your collections available online via Trove. There will be information about resources you can use to prepare your collection, information on copyright and the digitisation process. There will also be an explanation of how Trove collects material.

B. Being Connected: Libraries and Autism Project, and the Next Chapter Bookclub
Nerida Dye & Jenny Mustey, Campaspe Regional Library, Echuca.

Campaspe Regional Library Service recently completed a two year project, Being Connected: Libraries and Autism, with funding provided by the State Library of Victoria Pierre Gorman Award, 2014. The project aimed to improve and enhance service delivery for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including:  Achieving the Communication Access Symbol;  Sensory Audit of all library buildings; Delivery of appropriate inclusive or exclusive programming; Staff development and training; Development of 'This is my library book' for children and adults; and purchase of accessible technology/mobile devices and apps.

In the aftermath of the project, Campaspe launched the Next Chapter Book Club, a community-based book club for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disorders, to address the ongoing needs in the community.

Session Five

A. It doesn't have to be that hard: decoding Generation "What are we up to now?"
Emma White, Coordinator Children's and Youth Services, Hobsons Bay Libraries.

What do you do to engage with young people in your community? How do you do it? And most importantly, why do you do what you do? Each generation offers different community engagement challenges, but it doesn’t have to be that hard! Take up the challenge as we decode the golden triangle of engagement; Programs, Collections, and Spaces. Expect memes. Expect to walk away empowered and invigorated! Join Emma White, Coordinator Children’s and Youth Services Hobsons Bay Libraries, as she delves into the world of Youth Engagement and, using real talk, encourages you to be an advocate for the lived experiences of your community’s young people.

B. Research Presentation
Sally Watterson, Consultant, LGNSW.

In 2015/16 LGNSW undertook a unique research project to ascertain in a qualitative sense how local government delivers arts and culture. This research hypothesized that local council's contribution to the arts and culture sector is under recognised. Sally will reveal the results of the research, including some of the more surprising discoveries, and discuss the outcomes and implications for local government cultural service providers.

Session Six

The Final Schebang
Retro Lane Cafe

In this final session for the Symposium, enjoy a playtime with some of our favourite toys at Retro Lane Café. This will be your last opportunity to network and enjoy the Keeping it Real technology arsenal. Make sure you drop into the Augmented Reality zone and meet Diversity Project managers Kim Biggs and Kerrie Wise, and learn how to use this technology to enhance storytelling in your cultural venue.

This will be a largely social session to close out the Symposium, and we hope you finish the event feeling refreshed, inspired, and connected into your regional cultural network. We'd love to see you there!