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CULTURAL POLICY FOR IPSWICH
From the early days of settlement, Ipswichresidents have been drawn to the city fromaround the world. As the city has grown and prospered, the multicultural mix hasdeveloped to over 115 countries of origin and today, over 80 different languages are spoken.
One of Ipswichs greatest strengths is ourcultural diversity and the active involvementin the broader community by variousmulticultural groups. By valuing thestrengths of our diverse community, thepeople of Ipswich have developed strongpartnerships and relationships which give our city a real heart and soul. Our variouscultural groups contribute to this relationship
by providing an effective network ofcommunity services, community events and celebrations.
By 2026, Ipswich is predicted to have apopulation of 318,000, more than doubletodays current population. It is vital thatcultural development keeps pace with thispopulation growth.
As a community, we must continue to carefor each other and be inspired. Culturaldevelopment is one of the keys to ensuringIpswich is an exciting family-friendly place to live, work and visit.
Councillor Paul Pisasale, Mayor of the City of Ipswich
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A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Mayor Paul Pisasale is proud to present IpswichCity Councils Cultural Policy for the City
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Ipswich is recognised as a great place tolive, work and visit. Some reasons for thisinclude the citys heritage, cultural diversityand the accessibility of arts and culturalevents.
Ipswich is home to some outstanding artsand cultural facilities including the IpswichLibrary, Ipswich Art Gallery and Ipswich CivicHall. With a rapidly growing population thereis no doubt that the use of such facilities willcontinue to grow and remain at the heart ofthe communitys cultural life
Ipswich is on track to remain a place wherepeople can really be part of the culturaldevelopment of the city. We can all getinvolved, enjoy and promote the culturalvalues, ambitions and resources we need fora healthy community.
Councillor Charlie Pisasale, Chairperson: Arts, Community & CulturalService Committee
A MESSAGE FROM COUNCILLOR CHARLIE PISASALE
The Cultural Policy for Ipswich illustrates Ipswich City Councilscommitment to cultural development.
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It is recognised that many stakeholders, including Government, Business and theCommunity sector, have an important role to play in the implementation of a cultural policyfor Ipswich. The following policy objectives and implementation strategies are designed tobe used by all stakeholders delivering cultural services and activities in the Ipswich region.
The purpose of the Cultural Policy forIpswich is to recognise the important role of Government, Business and theCommunity sector in the support andimplementation of strategies to achieve the cultural goals of Ipswich.
Through collaboration and mutual support,Ipswich City Council strives to reflect andcelebrate Ipswichs identity, spirit and senseof place as a community via the Objectivesand Implementation Strategies outlined inthis booklet.
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OBJECTIVE 1 ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY
Encourage participation, attendance and creativeproduction from the diverse communities of Ipswich.
develop cultural activities andprograms reflective ofcommunity needs andaspirations led by communityartists and leaders
maintain continuingcommunity participation indialogue concerning culturaldevelopment
develop and implement acommunity educationprogram to raise awarenessof cultural activities andresources available locally
support neighbourhoodcultural initiatives
encourage collaborativemarketing between culturalorganisations to optimise useof resources
adopt generous social pricingpolicies to lower cost barriersfor Council activities
increase the number of freearts and entertainment eventsin the City
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OBJECTIVE 2 CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE
Build a cohesive sense of civic pride withinIpswich and a positive Ipswich identity.
establish positive entrystatements into the City
facilitate networking betweencommunities through a rangeof initiatives
develop a cultural tourismstrategy to harness thecurrent arts/heritage offeredwithin Council tourismpromotion
encourage the protection andpromotion of heritage placesand character areas
brief our cultural ambassadorsto communicate consistentmessages about Ipswich andits cultural life
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OBJECTIVE 3 CELEBRATING DIVERSITY
Work towards a community that recognisesdiversity as a strength.
encourage diversity throughsupporting cultural festivals,food/culinary festivals, forumsand awareness programs
appropriate use ofconsultation and protocol withcultural and artistic initiatives
identification of differencesbetween the variouscommunity cultural needs andsense of place and space
support and promote culturalactivities and events byIndigenous communitieswithin their own communities
acknowledgment of theIndigenous community as firstpeoples of the City
support for cultural tourisminitiatives building on thestrength and culture of thecommunity
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OBJECTIVE 4 BUILDING AND CONSOLIDATING
Seek opportunities to improve our cultural facilities and infrastructureand acknowledge and build upon our cultural strengths and successes.
assess the performing artsneeds of the City
continue to assess the visualarts, film, media and other artform needs of the City(including additional exhibitionspace)
integrate cultural andeconomic development
identify and address theneeds of the youth andeducation sectors
maintain and resource theindustry leading programminginitiatives of the Ipswich ArtGallery
maintain the role of thecommunity halls in thecultural life of the City
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OBJECTIVE 5 SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Nurture viable creative businesses.
to nurture viable creativebusinesses
support local creativebusinesses through theprovision of advice andassistance in relation tomarketing and business plans
encourage mentoringbetween established creativebusinesses and new entrants
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OBJECTIVE 6 EMBRACING THE FUTURE
Position Ipswich as a confident, innovativeand creative place to live, work and visit.
develop a designatedperforming arts/theatre space
capitalise on newtechnologies which promotecultural development
continue to utilise IpswichLibrary and InformationCentre, Ipswich Art Galleryand other significant initiativesto establish Ipswichsdistinctive positioning
ensure cultural programcontinues to reflect thechanging needs anddemographics of Ipswich
support linkages betweenartistic practitioners in thedevelopment of new work
support linkages betweencommunities and culturalorganisations in thedevelopment of new work
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OBJECTIVE 7 FOSTERING PARTNERSHIPS
Encouraging collaboration between strategic partners.
seek opportunities to forgelinks between independentcultural organisations whereefficiencies or creativeinitiatives may result
seek opportunities to linkCouncils cultural resourceswith the resources of otheragencies
develop an effectivecommunication strategy tocreate alliances with potentialpartners
identify resources availablefrom all strategic partners
develop strategies to suit therange of potential partnerships
advocate for more flexiblefunding arrangements
responsibility for developmentof specific partnerships needsto be clarified
work with local artists andcommunities on joint venturesand activities
support local activities throughfunding, promotion and liaison
liaise with sectors of thecommunity regarding culturalinitiatives
The Ipswich City Council would like to thank the many individuals and groups in theIpswich community who contributed to the 2006 review of the Ipswich City CouncilCultural Policy and provided images to illustrate this document.
Thank you to ipswich-city.com for contributing images.
Thank you to the Regional Arts Development Fund Ipswich for supporting the development of this document.
This project was supported by the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland andIpswich City Council, by funding through the Ipswich Regional Arts Development Fund.