Policies and publications


The Arts & Cultural Plan 2018-2022
Celebrating Nillumbik's HeARTbeat

The Arts and Cultural Plan 2018-2022(PDF, 28MB) was adopted by Council in December 2017 and officially launched in February 2018. This exciting plan invests in:

  • Public and participatory arts to enable the participation of the arts as an every day experience;
  • Supporting professional contemporary practice that builds on the local creative economy and cultural tourism; and
  • Opportunities to access arts and culture through local history and grassroots community arts organisations, with wider benefits of community well being and connectivity.

Community consultation for the Cultural Plan for 2018-2022 was facilitated by creative consultants Evi Van der Niet and David Adams of Little Lightening Stories, through The Travelling Teapot, a unique series of roving creative focus groups. Over a cup of tea participants were invited to share what they value most in Nillumbik and how those values relate to local culture. Conversations covered the opportunities and challenges to arts and culture now and in the future, how to build capacity in the local creative economy, personal experiences of engaged vibrant communities and much more.

Thank you to all participants who attended one of the Travelling Teapot sessions or completed our online survey, your input was instrumental in the development of the Cultural Plan.

The community tea sets used during the focus groups were made by ceramic artists from Living & Learning Nillumbik Clay MakerSpace along with Evi Van der Niet and David Adams. Thank you to the ceramic artists: Melanie Anderson, Julie Barrington, Rae Bateman, Susan Carter-Nash, Carmel Ceglia, Dianne Collins, Ann Curry, Josephine Farrugia, Cathy Filed, Joanne Heriot, Judith Hoffmann, John Maude, Sue McCormick, Sherryl Orchard, Jodie Phelan, Anne Sfetkidis, Chantal Stewart, Lorraine Taylor, Jenny Wegner and Bee Yap. 

Highlights from our Travelling Teapot sessions

Watch the potters creating the Travelling teapot 


Art Collection Policy 2014-2017

The Nillumbik Shire Art Collection Policy 2014-2017(PDF, 2MB)  provides a curatorial framework based on Council strategy and sector best practice. The policy concerns the Nillumbik Shire Art Collection, which incorporates three collection areas, namely indoor visual art, outdoor public art, and memorabilia. With some 400 artworks in the visual art collection, together with 15 significant public art installations and over 50 pieces of memorabilia, this policy provides collection management guidelines for acquisition and de-accession, exhibition and display, conservation and maintenance. 


Publications available

Both of these publications are available for purchase online with payment via credit card. Publications can also be purchased from the cashier at Nillumbik Shire Council. For further information contact artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au 

The Literary Nillumbik Anthologies of Writing are free publications that contain collections of winning stories and poetry from the annual Alan Marshall Short Story Award and the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award. Copies of the Anthologies are available online or by requesting a hard copy at: artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

  • Illuminations: The Alan Marshall Short Story Awards 2003-2010
    $10.00, edited by Rachel Hennessy, published by Nillumbik Shire Council, 2011

Illuminations contains stories from past Alan Marshall Short Story Awards with comments and quotes from the judges. To purchase contact artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

$20.00, a collection of short stories written by local seniors about their lives in Nillumbik. This diverse collection of tales is about wonderful experiences and memories and includes stories of day-to-day life from the past 70 years featuring some colourful local characters.

Nillumbik Tales is available for purchase online with payment via credit card or from the cashier at Nillumbik Shire Council, for further information contact events@nillumbik.vic.gov.au