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The City of Greater Geelong is developing an Arts and Cultural Strategy which will guide initiatives and investment from 2020 - 2030. We have engaged consulting firm 'Positive Solutions' to assist in this process. Through preliminary research and engagement specific to arts, culture and heritage, we have identified themes that matter to Geelong and its community.

We now invite you to respond to the themes, to reflect on them and challenge them. This will assist us in developing a clear understanding of the arts, culture and heritage needs and priorities for the municipality prior to developing our final strategies.

What do they mean to you, your creative career or practice, your organisation, business or sector? What do you see as our collective priorities? What’s missing? Respond to our questions in the Survey or ask your own. Share your ideas on the Ideas Wall.

  • Build a strong relationship and partnership with our First Nations People
  • Advance the role of Artists
  • Nurture our local identity and heritage, connect to our stories
  • Connect to our natural environment, our urban city and neighbourhoods
  • Activate our places and spaces
  • Focus on diversity, equality of access and inclusion
  • Collaborate across the sector and develop creative networks

Firstly, we encourage you to participate in our Survey which includes questions on the impact of COVID19. If you have more to say consider making a submission in written form.

Address the key themes, include others, or tell us what you see as major priorities for the Arts and Cultural Strategy.

Please click on the Survey and/or Written Submission tabs below to have your say. Alternatively you can post a written submission to The Cultural Planner, Arts & Culture Department PO Box 104, Geelong 3220.


  • Complete the Survey
  • Register for a Workshop
  • Contribute to the live discussion on the Ideas Wall
  • Download the Issues Paper and make a Written Submission


This survey has been designed to provide us with an opportunity to test the key themes and identify our priorities. It also asks questions relating to the impact of COVID19 on the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

Complete Arts & Cultural Strategy - Survey has closed


An important part of developing the Arts and Cultural Strategy is direct consultation with the communities that contribute to Geelong’s vibrant cultural life.

We would like to invite you to register your interest in a sector focus group discussion. These will be round table style sessions encouraging open dialogue to explore success factors, challenges and future needs of the arts and cultural sector. First Nations and Youth engagement is being undertaken through separate engagement forums.

The group discussions will be facilitated online from the 6th - 12th August, using Zoom video conferencing. For those unable to participate via zoom conferencing we encourage you to have your say via a written submission.

If you are available and interested in attending, please register below and we will be in touch with details.

Please note:

  • Workshop registration closed Monday 3 August, 5pm.
  • Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10 per group.

Workshop Schedule

DateTime Session description (please click on link to register)
Thursday 6th August 2020 10.00am - 11.30am Visual arts, design, fashion
Friday 7th August 2020 10.00am – 11.30am Music, performing and literary arts
Friday 7th August 2020 3.30pm – 5.00pm Business and Tourism
Monday 10th August 2020 10.00am – 11.30am Museums, heritage and libraries
Monday 10th August 2020 3.30pm – 5.00pmInclusive Communities
Wed 12th August 2020 10.00am – 11.30am Screen, Digital Media
Wed 12th August 2020 3.30pm – 5.00pm Education (secondary and tertiary)

We look forward to hearing from you


Ideas Wall

6 August, 2020

Marcus Johnson says:

“Develop an app that geo-locates all artist studios and workspaces to allow visitors to follow a digital art trail throughout Greater Geelong”

26 July, 2020

Priscilla Fenton says:

“I would like to see an art trail take place using the many local artists. ”

23 July, 2020

Fiona says:

“First Nation arts and culture events - celebrate culture, educates, local pride, tourism ”

22 July, 2020

Steve says:

“It would be great if part of the strategy focused on engaging with our refugee communities and how we can really embrace diversity”

22 July, 2020

Mila says:

“Would like to see more public art in our neighbourhoods and maybe along coastal walks”

21 July, 2020

scott diamond says:

“Their needs to be an Arts Precinct in the North of Geelong. This muct include a substantial Performance space that also promotes the Arts”


Provide a written submission

If you would like to say more, address the key themes, include others, or tell us what you see as major priorities for the Arts and Cultural Strategy please let us know.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 12 August, 5pm.

Job Description:

Please tick which best describes your work practice

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Collection Statement

Your submission has been collected by the City of Greater Geelong for the purpose of informing the development of the municipal wide Arts and Cultural Strategy 2020 – 2030.

The City of Greater Geelong may do the following with your submission:

  • Quote directly from your feedback in the draft or final strategy.
  • Contact you to talk through your submission, or to invite you to follow up consultation activities.

You have the right to access and correct your personal information. Requests for access should be sent to Cultural Planner, PO Box 104, Geelong VIC 3220 Tel: (03) 5272 5272 Email:

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With thanks to photographers whose images appear on this site: Chrissie Francis, Andrew Curtis, Ivan Kemp, Matt Houston, Leiko Manalang, Pam Hutchinson, Ed Sloane Photography, Cormac Hanrahan and Patrick Callow.

Full image credits and details below.

Main banner:

Beta Bee Geelong After Dark 2018 - Artist: Mila Poblete - Photographer: Cormac Hanrahan


Wudawurrung Women smoking ceremony - Mountain to Mouth 2018 - Photographer: Ed Sloane Photography

Themes and issues (left to right):

Beta Bee - Geelong After Dark 2018 - Artist: Mila Poblete - Photographer: Cormac Hanrahan

REFLEX 2019 Creative Symposium - Geelong Arts Centre - Photographer: Chrissie Francis

Chrissy Amphlett mural in McLarty Place - LiveMAP Launch 12017 - Artist: Ian Lowe - Digital AR – Pillowfort Creative & Codeacious - Photographer: Pam Hutchinson

Stranger Angels works by Joshua de Hoog - Platform Youth Arts, 2017 - Photographer: Leiko Manalang

Sub-pages (left to right):

LANDINGS - Platform Gallery Program 2019 - Photographer: Leiko Manalang

REFLEX 2019 Creative Symposium - Geelong Arts Centre - Photographer: Chrissie Francis

Street Art by Baby Guerrilla, Projection response by Olaf Meyer - Geelong After Dark 2018 - Photographer: Chrissie Francis

ACT Natimuk - Geelong After Dark 2019 - Photographer: Chrissie Francis

Image Gallery (left to right):

Colour + line + shape installation view - Geelong Gallery Learn Space, 2019 - Photographer: Andrew Curtis

ACT Natimuk - Geelong After Dark 2019 - Photographer: Chrissie Francis

2018 Geelong contemporary art prize installation view - Geelong Gallery, 2019 - works by Amanda Marburg, Andrew Taylor and Sally Ross - Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Botanical Lobotomy - Geelong After Dark 2019 - Geelong Library & Heritage Centre - Photographer: Matt Houston

Adelita Srsen - Live MAP LAUNCH 2017 - Photographer: Pam Hutchinson

Street Art by Baby Guerrilla, Projection response by Olaf Meyer - Geelong After Dark 2019 - Photographer: Chrissie Francis

Platform Youth Arts Summer Laneway Fest, 2019 - Manny Lado and friends - Photographer: Patrick Callow

Yummy Deluxe, Potato Shed 2019 season - Photographer: Ivan Kemp

North - Artist: Matt Stoner - Photographer: Ed Sloane Photography