NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Kim Spinks

Kim has over 20 years’ experience developing and implementing arts and cultural policy for the NSW Government.

At the former Arts NSW (now Create NSW) she led the team responsible for funding arts change through strategic programs such as the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy, the Arts and Disability Partnership, Art Central, Empty Spaces program, the NSW Health and Arts Framework and the Western Sydney Arts Strategy. Her particular expertise is in working with non-arts stakeholders to deliver their policy outcomes through arts and culture. These have included local governments across the state, statutory bodies such as Western Sydney Parklands Trust, UTS and government agencies such as NSW Family and Community Services.

She is experienced in place activation having developed and led the NSW Government’s Empty Spaces program which was the original investor in Renew Newcastle and the Pop-Up programs for Lismore, Gosford, Parramatta and the Rocks.

Kim is respected in the professional arts sector for her deep arts knowledge and the two decades she spent in the performing arts where she co-founded award-winning Western Sydney company Urban Theatre Projects and worked with the likes of Sydney Theatre Company, The Performance Space and State Theatre Company of SA. She has published books and articles on Australian theatre, was an associate for many years with the Centre for Performance Studies at Sydney University and continues to work as a dramaturg.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (HONS), University of Sydney; Dip Lib, University of NSW