SPEAKER: John Smithies
John is an arts manager with a background of arts programming, research and policy development. He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria, leading it through its transformation to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square, Melbourne. Since joining CDN in 2005, he has worked with the Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger planning and evaluation of cultural development activities of local government and its integration with regional and national public cultural policy. CDN’s planning and evaluation frameworks are underpinned by five measurable cultural outcomes and John has presented these nationally and internationally through conferences and workshops since they were announced in 2016.