Speakers 2017

The Art of Culturalpreneurship - Karl Johnstone

Karl JohnstoneKarl Johnstone will provide insight into some of the initiatives he currently leads and his meaning of 'culturalpreneurship', including the need to take risks and to challenge convention, status quo and intergenerational complacencies.

He will give examples of how developing opportunities from the heart of communities adds immeasurable depth and value to a kaupapa, to the community and to the organisations and audiences involved.  

Karl Johnstone lives in Gisborne and is the owner of Haumi (NZ) Ltd, a specialist cultural development business which initiates, develops and delivers projects of national and international significance in partnership with major organisations, iwi Māori and a network of international connections. He is also a member of Creative New Zealand's Council.

Karl specialises in concept and product development and strategy, and has extensive experience in cultural diplomacy initiatives, cultural centre and exhibition development, project direction, and content development. He is a regular presenter at international conferences and integrates his formal learning in fine arts and education with his passion and experience in kaupapa Māori (iwi driven initiatives).

Karl has worked in the cultural heritage sector for over twenty years including eight years at Te Papa and eight years as the director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. He is also a member of Te Arataki Wānanga, a Māori advisory group for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The Creative Case for Diversity - Abid Hussain

Abid HussainAbid Hussain will give us a virtual tour of Birmingham’s culture to show how organisations and artists are enriching the work they do by embracing a wide range of diverse influences and practices.

Drawing on his experiences over the past three years leading the Arts Council England's initiative, Creative Case for Diversity, Abid will challenge us to think afresh, ‘walk the talk’ and turn aspiration into action.

This video keynote will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with leading industry and cultural experts who will share their responses and experiences.

Abid Hussain is Director of Diversity at Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts. He is responsible for leading the organisation’s work on equality and the Creative Case for Diversity. He has over a decade of experience working in the arts and cultural sector with a particular interest in leadership, talent development and philanthropic giving. In 2016 Abid led on the design, development and launch of 4 new strategic funding programmes that have collectively invested over £11.8m to create new opportunities to advance diversity across the arts and cultural sector.

He is an alumnus of the Salzburg Global Seminar and U.S. International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP).  Abid has contributed extensively to conferences, symposiums and policy forums across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa presenting on Diversity Policy, Civic Engagement and developing future leaders.  

Creating Ripples in the Mainstream - Annette Shun Wah

Annette Shun Wah Sydney-based Annette Shun Wah is a producer, writer, actor and broadcaster. Annette, who works at the dance company Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP) and is dedicated to opening up pathways for emerging writers, directors and producers of Asian heritage, and building a resilient Asian-Australian performance community.

Annette will lead a conversation about her work engaging with contemporary Asian stories, perspectives and artists – ensuring these take their place on mainstream stages and screens. She’ll also share strategies for supporting artistic development, ideas for engaging more diverse audiences and discuss how organisations can partner for sector-wide benefits.

A Vision of Inclusivity - Donna Walker-Kuhne

Donna Walker-Kuhne Acknowledged by the Arts & Business Council as the USA’s foremost expert in audience development, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. She has raised over US$20 million to promote multicultural community arts.

She is Vice-President, Community Engagement at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is developing and deepening relationships with targeted communities through partnerships, special events and group sales.

In a pre-recorded video presentation Donna will describe the benefits of diversity for organisations, how to talk about diversity to internal and external audiences and how to build an organisational culture of diversity. This will be followed by a discussion with arts practitioners on inclusivity for audiences within the New Zealand context.

Exploring the benefits of the access economy - Neville Pulman

Neville Pulman Director of the Be. Welcome Programme at the Be. Institute, Neville Pullman will discuss the social, economic and cultural benefits of increasing access and how this relates to the arts environment. Be. has supported many organisations in the creative sector, including some of New Zealand’s largest galleries and museums.  In this session Neville will explore the opportunities the access economy presents. Prior to this Neville was Managing Director of a national field marketing business that specialised in improving the customer journey.  He has over 20 years of relationship development and senior leadership experience and is on the Board of Leadership New Zealand.


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