Arts review

Arts review

Jun 7
CEDA welcomes former Australia Council for the Arts Chief, Tony Grybowski, who has been charged by the Marshall Government to lead the development of a new arts plan for South Australia. The plan will be delivered later in the year.


Tony Grybowski, Former Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts
Douglas Gautier AM, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre
Dan Thorsland, Director Business Development and Partnerships, Mighty Kingdom
Rt Hon Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Event overview

Working with Tony Grybowski to lead the development of the new arts plan is Graeme Gherashe and a team of policy and arts experts. Tony will provide an update on the consultation process for the new arts plan, having spent the last six months extensively consulting with the state's rich and diverse communities, gathering feedback from artists and stakeholders across metropolitan, rural and remote areas.

South Australia has a rich arts and cultural history, with the new arts plan looking to celebrate those foundations while considering what is next for the arts in SA. Joining Tony will be a panel of arts thought leaders.

Event presentations

Tony Grybowski, Australia Council for the Arts MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Tony Grybowski
Former Chief Executive Officer, Australia Council for the Arts

Tony Grybowski is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Council for the Arts. Since taking on the role in 2013, Tony led the Council through its most significant period of reform, resulting in a new arts funding model and approach to strategic arts development. Tony’s twenty-five year career in the arts has included leadership roles with a broad range of arts organisations, as well as arts policy work in state and federal government bodies.

Meet the panel

Douglas Gautier AM
Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre

Douglas commenced at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2006, since then he has delivered a program-led strategy that has grown audiences significantly and positioned Adelaide Festival Centre as a hub for Asian-Australian cultural engagement. 
Douglas is the Chair of Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC). He is also the Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership, a member of the Australia-Singapore Arts Group, an Executive Councillor of Live Performance Australia, a member of the Global Cultural Districts Network advisory board, and a Flinders University Councillor.

Dan Thorsland
Director Business Development and Partnerships, Mighty Kingdom

Dan joined Mighty Kingdom in 2013, focusing on creating business partnerships with major global brands like Disney, Moose Toys and LEGO to bring global opportunities into the vibrant creative community in Adelaide. A native of New York, Dan relocated to Adelaide in 2001 and joined Ratbag Games to produce computer games. He produced Saturday Night Speedway in 2004, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes in 2009. He also produced VFX sequences at Rising Sun Pictures, for the Australian feature film The Dragon Pearl. For a decade he edited comic book series featuring major characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, and developed a line of comics based in the Star Wars universe, working directly with Lucasfilm. Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Rt Hon Sandy Verschoor
Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Sandy was elected as an Area Councillor in the 2015 by-election and served as Deputy Lord Mayor from June 2017 to November 2018. She has had a career in both the public and private enterprise, not-for-profits, and Local and State government. Sandy has contributed to the success of Adelaide’s thriving arts and culture community for more than two decades, including having been CEO of the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival, as well as producer of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas in 2018. She has been on numerous boards including the Adelaide Convention Bureau, Premier’s Climate Change Council, Adelaide Film Festival, Capital City Committee, as well as a trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and Chairs a disability housing solutions organisation Aliro Ltd.

Meet the chair

Professor Ruth Rentschler OAM
Head, School of Management; Professor Arts & Cultural Leadership, University of South Australia

Ruth Rentschler OAM (BA Hons Melbourne PhD Monash) is Professor Arts & Cultural Leadership and Head, School of Management, University of South Australia. Ruth has held leadership roles in universities, business, government and non-profits. Ruth has significant experience working with government and non-profits on creative industries projects, such as with Adelaide Festival Centre, Arts south Australia, Restless Dance Theatre, Office of Multicultural Interests, WA, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Arts Queensland, and Arts Centre Melbourne, to name a few. She has received various honours and awards, such as Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Community Service, Best Doctoral Supervisor, and an Order of Australia for services to education, the community and the arts.

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