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 and local creative industries. 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 Kate Worden (Chairperson)
  • Alderman Robin Knox 
  • Mr Ken Conway 
  • Ms Leonie McNally 
  • Mr. Sean Pardy - Browns Mart
  • Mr Bong Ramilo - Darwin Community Arts
  • Mr Mark Crees - Darwin Festival
  • Ms Angela O'Donnell - Arts NT
  • Ms Sarah Pirrie - Chairperson, Darwin Visual Arts Association
  • Ms Louise Partos - Artback NT
  • Ms Aly de Groot - independent artist
  • Ms Sarah Body - Chairperson, Tactile Arts
  • Ms Nadine Douglas - City of Darwin
  • Ms Sahn Cramer - City of Darwin 

Who can nominate to be a member?

Anyone from the community with experience in arts and cultural development can nominate to be a member. The Committee comprises individuals with expertise and specialized skill sets and includes, 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 seek skill sets (set out in the expression of interest process) and 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 and recommendations to Council.
  • 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.

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

The following outlines your expected commitments:

  Activity   Commitment   Annual Commitment
  Read agenda papers and prepare for meetings   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 at the Civic Centre, typically at lunchtimes on Thursdays, dates being set at the beginning of each year.

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 nominate to be a member?

Expressions of Interest for membership of the Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee will be sought again in November/December 2015.

For more information on Council’s Arts and Cultural Development Advisory Committee, please contact the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator 

on 8930 0674 or