AICSA hosted a day of discussion on the art of arts governance with SA’s own governance rabble-rouser Kate Larsen on Thursday 20 October 2022.

These sessions are helpful for board members, arts leaders and workers, artists and anyone else with an interest in arts governance.  Please see the summary videos below, thanks to Replay Creative.


Bad News Boards

At 2021’s Reset Conference in Adelaide, Kate asked us to imagine a radically different structure for our sector’s arts Boards. In this introductory seminar, she shared her insights into Australia’s ‘broken’ arts and not-for-profit governance models and discussed the key findings of her national survey into how those Boards fail.

Boards Doing Better

The harsh realities of organisational survival leave us all necessarily more focused on making the best of our current governance model than thinking about how it could change. Join Kate for this analysis of trends, tweaks and case studies to improve all of our work, confidence and duties of care in this important area.


Doing Better Than Boards

In spite of their issues, arts organisations currently need arts Boards because our legislation, constitutions and funders say that’s what we need. But is that reason enough? This interactive workshop considered provocations, case studies and peer discussions to reimagine a future with different sorts of arts Boards (or a future without them entirely).

About Kate Larsen

Kate Larsen (she/her) is a writer, arts and cultural consultant with more than twenty years’ experience in the not-for-profit, government and cultural sectors in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. She has established herself as a thought-leader in the areas of arts governance and cultural leadership, as well as workplace culture and well-being, online communication and communities, and increasing access for marginalised groups.

This event is possible through support from Arts South Australia’s Arts Recovery Fund.