Inaugural Creators of Ipswich Summit

In 2020, council called on local creators to be part of the positive progress of the city. A diverse local community of creators answered the call, representing visual art, performing arts, heritage, music, fashion, dance, digital design, film, photography, crafts, architecture, writing and indigenous art. On November 13, around 100 creatives came together at the inaugural Creators of Ipswich Summit.  Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said she wanted to bring the city’s arts and cultural contributors together as she had set out in her 100 day plan, which committed to establishing a creative summit to engage with major stakeholders from across the Ipswich arts and events community.

The purpose of the summit was to look at how to move forward with council’s arts strategy, policy and ongoing funding stream that will build community and deliver economic benefits. The summit included a presentation of survey results by Dr Ashley Jones from the University of Southern Queensland’s School of Creative Arts, a panel discussion on the local creative scene and a keynote address from Queensland Ballet artistic director and author of Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin AO.

The survey indicated that the local creative community would like a clear framework created for Ipswich’s creative economy, with a strong strategic focus, including options for funding and future direction led by the community. This will ultimately help foster a path for projects that will enrich the cultural landscape and everyday experiences for residents around all forms of art.

Watch the Creators of Ipswich Summit 2020 below:

View Dr Ashley Jones’ presentation of the Creators of Ipswich survey results:
Creators of Ipswich 2020 Presentation (PDF, 874.7 KB)

Ipswich First Articles:
ipswichfirst.com.au/councils-new-arts-focus-is-en-pointe/

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