Towards 2040 - A City of the Arts

arts and culture strategy development project 

for Glenorchy City Council 

This project seeks to: 

  1. Understand and document the arts and cultural resources and landscape which currently exist in the City. 

  2. Understand and articulate the community vision and aspirations, and from this: 

  3. Provide direction and plan for the achievement of the future for a culturally rich and vibrant community as described by the 2015 – 2040 Glenorchy Community Plan.  


Consulting team 

Tony Bonney, Jo Duffy and Simon Spain 

To deliver the Arts and Culture Strategy for the City of Glenorchy, Inkhorn projects has assembled a team of dedicated and experienced cultural and creative strategists who not only bring a wealth of knowledge and intellect to any project, but also a degree of insight into and experience with the Tasmanian cultural ecology.  Importantly it’s this connection between the land, its histories, our communities and “economies” that form the unique proposition of life in Tasmania.

This knowledge is matched to our network of national and international practice, peers and thought, creating not only the opportunity to locate Tasmanian life within its own unique context but also to view it in relation to the rest of the country and world.


  • Specialist areas - Guidelines and support mechanisms for the implementation/delivery of the strategy, structure, and measurement methods.


Jo Duffy’s varied and extensive 25-year career in the arts and culture spans Australia, Italy, Scotland and Poland. She was the 2013 Artistic Director of Tasmania’s international arts festival Ten Days on the Island, and Director of the Darwin Festival from 2009 to 2011. For five years she was the Cultural Development Officer for the City of Hobart, delivering the city’s arts and cultural strategy, Creative Hobart. 

Jo worked on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for seven years, most recently as an Associate Director. For three years she was Consultant Producer for The Brave Festival – Against Cultural Exile, in Wroclaw, Poland. Jo has also worked with Sydney Festival, the Sydney Opera House, Venti Lucenti in Florence and Poland’s Teatr Piesn Kozla. She has been on the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and a peer assessor for Market Development, Multi-Artform and Arts Organisations. She sits on a number of other national steering committees, Boards and advisory groups.

In 2014 she was the Alcorso Foundation fellow and spent three months researching the integrity and longevity of cultural celebrations in central and southern Italy. She has developed a reputation in Australia for her passionate support of cultural representation, including her extensive involvement with local government, regional and remote communities.

Since 2017, she has been the Manager of Business and Community Development for Fat Pig Farm, an agritourism business in southern Tasmania, owned by SBS Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans.  As an independent Arts and Culture Consultant, Jo’s most recent clients are the Salamanca Arts Centre, MADE and the City of Hobart and include projects focussed on strategic delivery and cultural tourism.


  • Specialist areas for this project: consultation, children and families, multicultural communities, timeline


Simon Spain is a highly effective leader of arts initiatives with the capacity to drive high quality results, raise funds and innovate. He is currently co-Director of all that we are and was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Community and Cultural Development Fellowship in 2017. Simon is a visual and socially engaged artist with over thirty-year’s experience of delivering and designing programming for children and young people in the UK, Ireland, USA, Singapore, China and most recently Korea. His considerable work in London and Ireland has given him good experience of working with diverse communities.

He was founding Creative Producer of ArtPlay and Signal in Melbourne designing and delivering innovative arts programming for children, families and young people. During his 12 years with the City of Melbourne he took on roles of managing the City Grants program, the Public Arts program, Arts Investment and Arts Venues and liaised with elected Councillors, staff and general public.  As a Tate International associate, Simon is currently working with that organisation on capacity building programs for socially engaged artists and runs a similar program in Tasmania called ArTELIER.

Simon’s Master’s in Social Investment included analysis of cultural grant programs, MBA Leadership units, analysis of new ethical entrepreneurial, disruptive local, national, internal initiatives for social good, community consultation and specialised in the value of public/private/philanthropic partnerships. Simon recently completed a practice-based PhD at RMIT, Melbourne looking at current practices of artists delivering participatory community arts projects and is an Australia Council for the Arts Leadership mentor. Simon also recently completed a Diploma in Business Governance with Our Community in Melbourne.