Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee (ACDAC)

The Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee reports to Council, supporting Council's role in the arts by providing advice pertaining to arts and cultural development. The Committee's advice is regularly sought on a range of projects including the Council's Public Art program.

Committee members

Current members of the Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee are:

  • Alderman Robin Knox (Chairman)
  • Alderman Emma Young (Alternate)
  • Mr. Sean Pardy - Browns Mart
  • Ms Angela O'Donnell - Arts NT
  • Ms Louise Partos - Artback NT
  • Ms Sarah Body - Chairperson, Tactile Arts
  • Ms Jane Tonkin - Executive Producer, Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre
  • Mr Tony Lee - Larrakia Artist
  • Ms Eliza Nolan - Tourism NT
  • Ms Alice Body - General Manager, Deckchair Cinema
  • Ms Nadine Douglas - City of Darwin
  • Ms Sahn Cramer - City of Darwin 

Want to Apply?

Applications are closed for 2016. 


What is the Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee?

The Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee reports to Council on all matters relating to Arts and Culture.  Its purpose is to inform and advise Council, with an integrated and strategic focus, guided by the City of Darwin Arts Plan 2015 – 2020, Arts and Cultural Development Policy and the Public Art Policy.

Who can apply to be a member?

Anyone from the community with experience or an interest in arts and cultural development can nominate to be a member.  The Committee comprises individuals with relevant experience, and representatives from ArtsNT and the Darwin Entertainment Centre, Council Staff and Elected Members.

Applicants should note that application to the Committee is a competitive process and is based on merit.

Are there selection criteria that I need to meet to become a member?

When selecting members for the Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee, we look for the following attributes and qualities:

  • A passion for the arts and creative industries and a willingness to represent the interests, needs and aspirations of the sector.
  • Ability to contribute skills and knowledge to enhance the decision making process of the Committee.
  • Expertise in an area of arts practice that will add to the knowledge base of the Committee.
  • Motivation and enthusiasm to participate in Committee meetings.

In addition we will seek individuals with skill sets as set out in the application documents.

How much time will I need to commit as a member?
Annual Commitment

Read agenda papers and prepare for meeting

30 minutes, per meeting 3 hours
Attend Committee Meetings 2 hours per meeting,
5 times per year
10 hours
Attend annual Arts Sector Forum 3 hours 3 hours
Attend relevant Council events, e.g. art launches 1 hour, approximately
4 times per year
4 + hours
Total Commitment   20 hours
When are meetings held?

Meetings are held five times per year, typically at lunchtimes during February, April, June, August and October.

What happens at Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee meetings?

For a full description of how Committee meetings are run, please read Meeting Procedures and the Terms of Reference.

How do I apply to become a member?

Applications are closed for 2016.