Lake Mac GLAM


Transformation.  Innovation.  Changemaking.

Thursday 3 March and Friday 4 March 2022 - Lake Macquarie, NSW

We invite you to attend Lake Mac GLAM

Lake Mac GLAM Program(PDF, 567KB)

We are excited to be spearheading the return of face-to-face learning and networking for GLAM sector practitioners, change agents and volunteers working within Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums! 

Lake Mac GLAM is a multi-day conference that showcases the latest innovations and initiatives to enhance the creation and delivery of engaging cultural experiences at your institution.

Lake Mac GLAM is designed to leave you informed, inspired and equipped to integrate new innovations into your current programming.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Dr Terri Janke, who will speak to First Nations: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries. This address will include a discussion on how regional organisations (including local councils) can build trust, bridge gaps and ensure authenticity in arts and cultural programming.

Other program highlights will be delivered by industry-leading speakers from a diverse range of institutions and backgrounds from:

  • Sydney Living Museums
  • City of Melbourne Libraries
  • Accessible Arts
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Attendees will also be treated to an exclusive look at Lake Macquarie's newest cultural facility, the Multi-Arts Place / mima (MAP) as well as a private reception and curator talk.

Click here to secure your place

Lake Mac GLAM Program(PDF, 567KB)

What’s Planned?

Day 1 - Thursday 3 March 2022

Warners Bay Theatre 

Day 1 will feature the keynote speaker for the event – Dr Terri Janke. Dr Janke will present her keynote on 'First Nations: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries'.

Following this keynote, a series of roundtables led by Indigenous practitioners within the GLAM industry will facilitate discussions informed by Dr Janke's work and attendees experiences within the sector. A selection of these Indigenous practitioners will also appear on a panel speaking to their work and the discussions of their groups.

Day 1 will also play host to presentations by speakers from the City of Melbourne, the University of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Council as well as a series of Lightning Talks exploring some new, fun or interesting projects that have been implemented within our industry.

Following the proceedings of the day, attendees will be shuttled to the Multi Arts Pavilion, mima for exclusive access to the gallery after-hours and a curator talk alongside drinks, nibbles and entertainment.

Day 2 - Friday 4 March 2022

Warners Bay Theatre 

Speakers from both within and outside of the GLAM sector will explore the future of cultural institutions through presentations on VR and AR technology, the role of GLAM in Smart Cities, digital excursions and events and a feature presentation by Dr Luke Hespanhol on digital placemaking as well as presentations speaking to diversity, inclusion and accessibility in cultural institutions.


2-Day Pass - Thursday 3 March and Friday 4 March 2022 - includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and all presentations on both days + Private Tour, Curator Talk and Drinks and Nibbles at MAP mima. Price includes 10% discount for attending both days.

  • $279 Professionals/ $205 Volunteers and Students

1 Day Pass - Thursday 3 March, includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and all presentations on the day + Private Tour, Curator Talk and Drinks and Nibbles at MAP mima.

  • $200 Professionals / $150 Volunteers or Students

1 Day Pass - Friday 4 March includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and all presentations on the day.

  • $110 Professionals / $80 Volunteers or Students

Workshops need to be booked in addition to the tickets above.


Lake Macquarie City Council is also offering a number of bursaries to cover the cost of conference registration for unwaged or low-waged individuals at Lake Mac GLAM 2021.

Included categories are:

  • students and new graduates (graduating within the past 18 months)
  • casual or temporary workers
  • volunteers

To apply for the bursary, please email and include:

  • Applicant Name
  • The category you fall under
  • How attending Lake Mac GLAM would benefit you (max. 200 words)

Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the conference by either presenting a short talk (3-5 minutes) or publishing a blog post/report about their experience post-conference.

Closing date for applications is 6 February 2022. For more information or questions please email

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Lake Mac GLAM will be held in Lake Macquarie, just 90 minutes from Sydney and 20 minutes from Newcastle CBD.

The main programme will be held in Warners Bay Theatre (Lake Street, Warners Bay 2282). Attendees will also spend time at Multi-Arts Pavilion (MAP) mima, (Speers Point Park, Park Rd, Speers Point NSW 2284) and MAC yapang (1A First Street, Booragul 2284).

Getting Here

Getting Here | Visit Lake Macquarie

Staying here

Accommodation | Visit Lake Macquarie

IMPORTANT: Lake Mac GLAM aims to adhere to sustainable event practices, please bring your own water bottle and reusable coffee mug as disposable containers will not be provided.

If you have any questions or feedback about the event please contact: