Arts, Culture & Heritage Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Arts and Culture Pillar

The Pillar met on Wednesday 30 October 2019, 10:00am – 12:00pm at the National Wool Museum, Geelong.  The meeting was very well attended by representatives from all shires and boroughs.


  • No special presentations at this meeting.

Decisions made: Election of new Pillar Leaders.

Acting Chair, Damian Waight called for nominations and the committee confirmed the appointment of:

  • Jason Smith, Geelong Gallery – Chair
  •  Joel McGuinness, Geelong Arts Centre – Deputy Chair.


G21 CEO update

Elaine Carbines, congratulated Jason and Joel on the appointment of Chair and Deputy Chair.  Elaine thanked Margot Smith for her passionate commitment to the Pillar and to Arts, Culture and Heritage generally.

Update on G21 Stakeholder Forum held on 30 August.  Elaine went on to outline some of the achievements of G21 in the past year and asked the group how G21 can support the further redevelopment of the Arts & Culture precinct of the region.

Update on scope of current City Deal regional commitments and implementation planning.

Broad committee discussion on development of Creative Industries Strategy for the region, and necessity to work in collaboration to ensure a robust, comprehensive and encompassing document.  It is anticipated that there will be a briefing document developed before the end of the year.  Key action: Relevant Strategic Documents to be email to Joel McGuinness.

COGG Cultural Strategy

Martin Paten, newly appointed Manager, Arts & Culture, City of Greater Geelong, was welcomed to the Pillar. 

Martin updated on the ongoing development of CoGG Cultural Strategy and its intersection with external organisations and stakeholders, and G21 in particular.

Other notable major reports by committee members include:

  • National Wool Museum: Delivery of Heritage Collections Strategic Report – audit of heritage assets owned by the City of Greater Geelong and the care of these assets. 
  • Courthouse Youth Arts: Rebranding scheduled for launch on 26 November.  The team has developed the 2019/2020 Strategic Plan and has received confirmation of multi-year funding with the City of Greater Geelong.
  • Geelong Arts Centre: Stage two of the development opened 11 November.
  • Golden Plains Shire: Civic Collections Policy has been passed by Council.