Welcome to website of the Fourth Pillar Conference. To be held at Melbourne Town Hall 29-30 November 2004, the conference is an event for anyone concerned with cultural development at a local level. Hosted by the Cultural Development Network, the conference will gather national and international perspectives on culture’s place in the sustainability of communities.

Speakers include esteemed cultural commentator and author, Donald Horne who has been a major influence on national cultural policies and attitudes for decades, Jon Hawkes, author of The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: Culture’s Essential Role in Public Planning, Gay Bilson, Creative Consultant for the Eating the City project and Jennifer Bott, CEO of the Australia Council. In addition an extensive range of academic, government and creative voices will also contribute to a dialogue that promises to be passionate and engaging. The latest version of the Fourth Pillar Conference program is now available.

The Fourth Pillar Conference is a must for anyone working in the cultural development field or engaged with cultural policy. Workshops and panels will provide great opportunities to contribute to discussion and to share ideas that contribute to community cultural sustainability. All are encouraged to Register and attend this significant and timely conference.

The Conference provides a perfect opportunity for community and cultural development workers, artists and cultural policy makers to be inspired, enriched, engaged and energised.

If you would like to know more about this conference, bookmark the Fourth Pillar Conference site and return for further information — this site is regularly updated. For any other inquiries, please contact us.

A brochure about this conference is also available for download.

Who Should Attend
  • Local government cultural and/or community services organisations
  • Artists
  • Decision makers in the fields of culture, community capacity building and community development
  • Community organisations
  • Academics covering contemporary politics, cultural and public policy, social capital and community development
  • Research students.
Presented By

The conference is presented by the Cultural Development Network in partnership with RMIT’s Globalism Institute and Common Ground.
Cultural Development Network
Institute Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Common Ground Conferences

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