2015 Conference

Resources from Conference Keynotes and Workshops have been uploaded to the DAN Conference Portal (via Dropbox, details advised at Conference).

If you have any difficulties accessing Dropbox and /or if you would like a Certificate of Attendance for your Professional Development records, please Email the Conference Convenor:  DAN Executive Officer, Belinda Hill, or T. 08 0367 8903


You can read the Twitter feed from the 2015 DAN Conference by searching for #DANCONF15

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Public Event with Michael Leunig, 11 April 2015


830+ people gathered at the Harker Auditorium, Somerville House, South Brisbane on Saturday 11 April to hear and engage with Michael Leunig as he reflected on Spirituality, Art & Innocence

You can read Michael’s talk here, published in the 33rd Issue (May 2015) of Dialogue Australasia Journal.

Read an article: An evening with Michael Leunig by Marian Faa,           West End Magazine





Friday 10 April:

9am – Registration & Sign up for Workshops

10-10.30am – Conference Opening:  Aunty Joan Hendriks, Aboriginal Elder of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island, Catholic Theologian

10.30-12pm – Keynote 1: David Tacey, Emeritus Professor of Literature,  La Trobe University

The Creative Arts as a Container of Australian Spirituality

12-1pm – Lunch

1-2.30pm: Keynote 2: Sr Rosemary Crumlin RSM, OAM, Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University, Curator, Art Historian

2.30-3.45pm: Workshops. Choose from the following at Registration on 10/4/15:

  • A. The power of Image and Story in RE – Nicky Hansell, EthicsOnline
  • B. Using Artful Thinking Routines in the RE ClassroomMalcolm Woolrich, Melbourne Grammar School, Geoff Trevaskis, Carey Baptist Grammar & Shaun Healy, St Bede’s Catholic College
  • C. Shearwaters, the Arts and RE in Year 3 – Fay Magee & Natasha Lambie, Newhaven College
  • D. Film in the Classroom:  A Powerful & Valuable Teaching Medium Carol Hebron, Charles Sturt University
  • E. Tjukurrpa – Aboriginal Sacred Stories in Art – Jack Egan, St Joseph’s College

3.45-4pm: Afternoon Tea

4-5.30pm: Keynote 3:  Dr Rob Freathy, Dr Esther Reed, Dr Anna Davis, Graduate School of Education, Exeter University

The Act of Bible Reading:  A Narrative Approach

This will take the form of a specially commissioned video presentation, with the speakers joining a live Q+A session via Skype and Twitter @#DAN15

5.30-6.45pm: Conference Welcome Reception – On the Terrace, Foundation Building

7pm: Free Evening


Saturday 11 April:

9-10.30am: Keynote 4:  Dr Stefano Carboni, Director of the Art Gallery of WA and Adjunct Professor of Islamic Art, University of WA

Purity of Writing is Purity of Soul”:  Calligraphy and Book Production in Religious and Secular Islamic Art

10.30-11am: Morning Tea

11-12.15pm: Workshops. Choose from the following at Registration on 10/4/15:

  • A. New Media as an Art Form. Learning through Building in Minecraft – David Shapland, Somerset College
  • B. “Yes, but what is your pedagogy?” Teaching RE through the Arts informed by a Pedagogical Cycle – Dr Peter Mudge, Broken Bay Institute
  • C. Leunig Cartoons of the Spiritual Life – David Tacey, Professor Emeritus, La Trobe University
  • D. K(no)w Spirit, K(no)w God – Nicholas Coleman, Wesley College
  • E. Exploring Mary through Art with Year 9 Boys – Bernadette Mercieca & Peter Duckworth, Xavier College

1215-1pm: Lunch

1-2.30pm: Keynote 5: Dr Nicholas Ng, Composer, Performer and Ethnomusicologist

Spirituality & Transcendence in Music

Listen to Nicholas in an ABC radio programme ‘Songs of silk and bamboo‘ (1/3/15) to celebrate the Lunar New Year

2.30-4pm:  Sublime Exhibition, Queensland Art Gallery (Free, 10am-5pm)


Self-Organised Conversations – An opportunity to start an informal conversation and share ideas with other delegates…

4-4.30pm: Afternoon Tea

4.30-6pm: An evening with Michael Leunig – Spirituality, Art and Innocence

This talk and Q&A (chaired by David Tacey) is open to the public as a ticketed event in the Harker Auditorium, VPAC, Somerville House.

Pre-signed copies of a new edition of Leunig’s much loved When I Talk to You will be available for purchase.
(Note – this event is included in the cost of Conference Registration.  Additional tickets can be purchased online).

7.30-10pm: Conference Dinner РOl̩ Restaurant, South Bank (smart casual attire!)


Sunday 12 April:

9-10.30am: Keynote 7:  Marion Seftel, Jewish History Teacher, Masada College, Sydney

Artistic Depictions and Interpretations of The Binding Of Isaac:  Portals into Jewish Life and Faith

10.30-11am: Morning Tea

11-12pm: Final Provocations & Reflections with David Tacey, Michael Leunig, Sr Rosemary Crumlin and DAN Patron Fr Christopher Gleeson SJ

12.15pm: Conference Concludes


DAN is very grateful to our Major Conference Partner, Charles Sturt University





And to our Supporting Partners, EthicsOnline and Academy Conferences











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