the arts 24
12-14 November 2019

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From 12 – 14 November 2019, Sydney will host the 24th edition of the Communicating the Arts conference (formerly known as Communicating the Museum). During 3 days, our conference will gather around 250 communication and leadership experts working in the arts in Australia and internationally. For the first time we invite colleagues from the performing arts to join colleagues from the visual arts and museums sectors to engage in stimulating conversations and rethink their institution’s model and communication approaches.

Hear from directors, communication and marketing specialists, and artists as we share best practices from all over the world.

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One would be hard pressed to find a bigger buzzword in the arts today than “leadership”. In a time of unprecedented progress and deepening social divisions, the pressure is on arts institutions around the world are to champion values of sustainable, collaborative and innovative strategy all-the-while anticipating for unknown futures.

‘The core principles in good leadership have remained the same: trust, preparedness for risk, vision, integrity – all are still what makes for a really good leader,’ explains NIDA’s Karilyn Brown. In our rapidly changing world, arts leaders are drawing upon these traits to strike the balance in their social and institutional responsibility.

Communicating the Arts will explore cultural leadership along four key axes: Being Bold, Truth-telling, Connecting and (Re)inventing.

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Over 3 days, we will gather 250+ arts professionals in Sydney to address the topic of ‘Cultural Leadership’ in the arts today. Join us for a combination of talks and workshops as well as many opportunities to network with your colleagues.

Communicating the Arts Sydney features:
• Keynotes from both Indigenous, national and international arts leaders
• Panel discussions exploring the biggest challenges and opportunities for the sector
• Case studies offering in-depth learning from key successes – and failures
• Workshops for practical skills
• Learning Safaris to get behind some of Sydney’s key arts organisations

Confirmed speakers include:
• Kevin Sumption, Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Australia
• Adrian Collette, CEO, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia
• Magnus Restofte, Head of Communication, Royal Danish Theatre, Denmark
• Sue Donnelly, Director, Belvoir Theatre, Australia
• Guillaume Maréchal, Head of Strategic Development Media and Commercial Partnerships, Marie de Paris, France
• Darin Conley-Buchsieb, Director Human Ressources,San Francisco Ballet, USA
• Elaine Chia, City Recital Hall, Australia
• Anthony Bastic, AGB events, Australia
• Kate Ben-Tovim, Co-Artistic Director Asia Topa, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia
• Dr Michael Brand, Director of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
• Gift Chansa, Circus Zambia, Zambia
• Ros Abercrombie, Regional Arts Australia
• Keir Winesmith, Old Ways/New and UNSW, Australia
• Franklin Sirmans, Director of Perez Art Museum, USA
• Miranda Carroll, Director of Public Engagement, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia


Conference Ticket

What is included in your ticket?

3-day working conference, access to all Keynotes, Panel Discussions, Workshops, Case Studies and unique Learning Safaris.
Access to all social events and networking opportunities.
Free entrance to all Partner Institutions.

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1750 AUD * For Non Profit
2400 AUD * For Business

Regular Rate

Valid between 1 July and 30 September 2019
1750 AUD *  For Non Profit
2400 AUD *  For Business

Last Minute Rate

Valid between 1 October and 12 November 2019
1900 AUD *  For Non Profit
2700 AUD *  For Business

Day Tickets

Day Tickets are available for Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November 2019

950 AUD *  For Non Profit
1450 AUD *  For Business

Special offers

Multiple tickets purchase

Discounts are available for multiple tickets purchased at the same time :

10% discount when you register 2 staff members from the same organisation
Use the code : CTASYD_DUO
20% discount when you register 3 staff members from the same organisation
Use the code : CTASYD_TRIO
30%discount when you register 4 staff members from the same organisation
Use the code: CTASYD_QUATUOR

Discounts cannot be accumulated.

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Communicating the Arts Sydney assembles 250+ arts professionals from institutions of all kinds – private and public, historic and contemporary, large and small, established and starting up – to challenge ideas and find solutions.
Our participants are high-calibre: Directors, Heads of Departments (communication, marketing, digital public programmes, education, development), Curators and specialist enterprises. They come from Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.


Become a partner

Communicating the Arts is the leading international forum for communications professionals working in culture. Our network includes more than 16500 culture and art professionals from over 40 countries.

Partner with us to

  • Gain exclusive access to key decision makers in your market
  • Access a global network of museums, heritage, visual and performing arts organisations
  • Associate your brand with the leading international event for senior communicators working in culture
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More details

The conference will take place in the city’s best cultural venues. The Australian National Maritime Museum will be the main host of the conference with events, workshops and tours taking place in many institutions across the city.

Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Queens Square, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia


Program Manager
+61 401 969 458

Corinne Estrada
Founder and CEO
+61 403 413 120