Arts & Culture

About the SIG

This SIG operates as a forum to support Local Government arts management and development activities. Delegates from all Local Government authorities across Victoria are invited to participate in discussions on topics relevant to the arts and culture portfolios.

The group aims to meet four times a year. Some of the issues focused on include:

Rochelle Carmichael (top) and Raina Peterson (bottom) presenting to the Arts & Culture SIG, April 2016.

  • Share ideas, knowledge and achievements both within and outside the SIG, for example with other SIGs and relevant stakeholders
  • Network and exchange ideas between Councils
  • Provide input and representation to other levels of government and industry on opportunities or challenges (when relevant)
  • Establish information on training opportunities
  • Contract Management
  • Grant Management
  • Art and Heritage
  • Indigenous Arts
  • Art Participation
  • Public Art and other matters as they arise

Who Should Attend

Local Government officers with experience and an interest in arts management and development activities. It is highly desirable that members commit to a full year of meetings to ensure continuity.

If meeting attendance is not greater than 10, the meeting will be cancelled with two business days notice.

Arts & Culture Online Forum

This SIG is supported by an online forum. We believe that accessing knowledge from individuals who work in a similar environment is invaluable and should never be underestimated. Our forums are just for people working in Local Government and there are many benefits to participating in them. They are a great way to keep in touch in between meetings, by asking your fellow SIG colleagues questions and sharing resources. Agendas, minutes and presentations will also be posted on the forum.

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Join a professional network that will support you in your daily work. Want to join the Arts & Culture SIG? Just email and let us know that you would like to join, or call LGPro on 9268 6400.


Convenor Details

Michelle Ely
Team Leader, Arts Investment I Arts and Culture Branch 
Melbourne City Council
Ph: 9658 8889 |

Upcoming Meetings

Date: Friday 20 July 2018
Time: 10am - 1.30pm
Location: The Cardinia Room, Level 8, Council House 2, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Date: Friday 26 October 2018
Time: 10am - 1.30pm
Location: The Cardinia Room, Level 8, Council House 2, 240 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

  Arts and Culture SIG Convenor, Michelle Ely, Team Leader, Arts Investment and Public Domain, City of Melbourne

I took on the role of SIG Convenor because it was a great opportunity to work with a collection of staff representing different views. It also gives me the chance to network with other professionals and discuss issues as they arise. This year I hope to elevate discussions about policy, process and problem solving and to continue to invite an eclectic mix of external professionals to present.

Invitations to Meetings

Invitations to Arts & Culture SIG meetings are sent to the network via Eventbrite. If you did not reveive an invitation but wish to attend please email

Invitations to this SIG meeting have been sent to the Communications Network via Eventbrite. If you did not receive the invitation but wish to attend please email to be added to this Network.


LGPro Online Forum Support

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