UK | AUSTRALIA Cultural Leadership Dialogue

Essential Contacts

Kate Cattell, Project Manager – 07889 853 019



UK | Australia CLD Schedule

From 08:30

Arrivals at the Scottish Parliament


Welcome to the UK I Australia Cultural Leadership Dialogue

The Holyrood Room

Hosted by Clare Adamson MSP, Convener, Constitution Europe External Affairs and Culture Committee, Scottish Parliament with Sir Jonathan Mills, Programme Director, Edinburgh International Culture Summit


Strategic Forum

A conversation between cultural ministers from the UK, Scotland and Australia.

Moderated by Fergus Linehan, Director, Edinburgh International Festival.


A Reflection of the Season (Session 2)

A short film, presentation of highlights from the reciprocal AU I UK seasons of culture by their directors Helen Salmon and Michael Napthali, culminating in a performance by The Grigoryan Brothers.




Personal Perspectives and Reflections (Session 3)

A conversation drawing on professional expertise from the UK and Australian cultural sectors with:

Fiona Allan, CEO, Opera Australia

Kate Champion, Artistic Director, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Western Australia

Brenna Hobson, Executive Director, National Theatre of Scotland.

Moderated by James Hampson, Director UK and External Relations, British Council.


A Focus on Screen (Session 4)

A panel discussion between leading figures in the UK and Australian Film Sector with:

Isabel Davis, Executive Director, Screen Scotland

Matthew Deaner, CEO, Screen Producers Association, Australia

Kristy Matheson, Creative Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival

Angus Robertson, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Scottish Government

Moderated by Michael Napthali, Director, Australia Programme in the UK, UK I Australia Season 2021–2022.



Served in the Holyrood Room and Members Lobby


Combined Cultural Approaches (Session 5)

Presentations and reflections on the impact, value, and perception of the arts, culture, and creativity.

Presentations from:

Kate Fielding, CEO, A New Approach

Julia Hales, Actor

Kath Mainland, CEO, Adelaide Festival

Professor Margo Neale, Head, Centre for Indigenous Knowledges & Principal Advisor, National Museum of Australia

Dr Georgie McClean, Executive Director for Development and Strategic Partnerships, Australia Council for the Arts

Fran Sanderson, Director of Arts Programmes and Investments, NESTA

Moderated by Dr Beatriz Garcia, Senior Research Fellow, Cultural Policy & Mega-Events, University of Liverpool.




Parallel Breakout Sessions (Session 6)

Parallel breakout sessions focusing on practical and achievable opportunities for both institutions and individuals within our cultural sectors.

Visual Arts and Digital Practice

Drawing on the diverse experiences of:

Brian Baglow, Director, Scottish Games Network

Tamsin Hong, Assistant Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate

Tahlia Petrosian, Director, Klassik Underground

Emma Nicholson, Head of Creative Programmes, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Moderator: Natalie Usher, Chief Executive, Film Access Scotland

Rapporteur: Dr Roddy Hunter, Head of Academic Planning, School of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

Live Performance

Drawing on the diverse experiences of:

Javaad Alipoor, Artistic Director, The Javaad Alipoor Company

Cameron Mackenzie, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Northern Ireland Opera

Lisa Whytock, Director, Active Events

Moderator: Sam Hunt, Programme Director, UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK

Rapporteur: Lilian Hughes, Programme Manager, UK/Australia Season 2021-22





Final Statements and Reflections

Final statements and reflections from:

Clare Adamson MSP, Convener, Constitution Europe External Affairs and Culture Committee, Scottish Parliament

Georgie Black, Barrister, Philanthropist and Patron of the Arts

Dr Georgie McClean, Executive Director for Development and Strategic Partnerships, Australia Council for the Arts

Sir Jonathan Mills


Evening Reception

House of Oz, South Clerk Street, Edinburgh

Participants of the Cultural Leadership Dialogue are welcomed to the House of Oz for a closing reception, courtesy of Georgie Black. Coaches will depart from the Scottish Parliament building at 17.45.


Important information about visiting the Scottish Parliament

Find out all you need to know about visiting the Scottish Parliament, including location, security and COVID protocols, here.

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