The first of the bi-annual IACA Member Conferences for 2019 kicked off in Cairns in April. Representatives from 13 Art Centres took part in a bumper program filled with informative industry content, networking opportunities, engaging guest speakers, SAM Database training and a celebration dinner.
Members heard updates from industry partners Arts QLD, CIAF, KickArts and Flying Arts Alliance. Followup one-on-one sessions with presenters offered members the chance to delve deeper on specific areas of interest.
Practical topics covered by guest speakers included; ‘DGR PBI & Other Things Financial’ with accountant Brian Tucker; ‘Conflict Resolution and Dealing with Difficult People’ with psychologist Dr Ian Richie; and ‘Insider’s Tips for Working with the Media’ with PR consultant Pip Miller. Presentations from art centres were fascinating, with representatives from every art centre at the conference sharing visually rich updates on art centre projects. The conference finished with a full day of SAM training. Members learnt crucial art centre database skills from supportive trainer, Bronwyn Taylor.
Following the last of the formal presentations, members relaxed at the IACA Members Dinner on the ‘Spirit of Cairns’ sunset cruise. A fabulous buffet, scenic views and great company made it a conference dinner to remember. Once again member feedback will inform the program for the next IACA conference in October and we are already looking forward to everyone coming together again to share and learn.
Main image credit: Art centre members with Edwina Circuitt, art facilitator at IACA Conference in May. Image: IACA.