SAMAG Focus Group: What conversations will you start in the Arts in 2020?

This is a past event.

SAMAG has been around for 25 years, and this was one of our best in terms of new members and increasing audiences.

We have run seminars on topics as diverse as: Arts and Innovation; Disability and the Arts; Future Indigenous Leaders and How to get a pay rise.

This year our speakers have included Shadow Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke MP and former CEO of CarriageWorks and now Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Lisa Havilah.

These events have been accessed live and online by our increasingly diverse and engaged audience members.

We believe that to grow, we need to be responsive to the emerging issues in the arts and cultural sector.

We would like to speak directly with our members, audience, speakers, supporters and networks in a facilitated conversation.

This conversation will help us shape our program and offerings for 2020, and feed into our strategic planning.

Judith Bowtell, SAMAG Deputy Chair will facilitate a focus group that will include:

  • strategic aims and objectives of SAMAG
  • the role of SAMAG in Arts Manager’s professional development
  • subjects and topics for seminars in 2020
  • formats and options for increasing reach and engagement
  • where we can do better
  • measuring our impact

If you can attend, we promise that we will keep an open mind, welcome all opinions and that the conversation will remain confidential to the room. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP via email to

Judith Bowtell is an experienced facilitator, strategist and coach – who specialises in working with the arts and cultural sector – you can check her out at this link